Definition of dipstick in English:



  • 1A graduated rod for measuring the depth of a liquid, especially oil in a vehicle's engine.

    • ‘I opened the door, released the lever and pulled out the dipstick.’
    • ‘You can make a dipstick by nailing a shiny can lid to the end of a stick at least three-feet long and marking one inch graduations on the stick.’
    • ‘Does this airplane have a calibrated dipstick for the tanks?’
    • ‘Never run a mower when the oil level is below the add mark on the dipstick.’
    • ‘The correct procedure for checking oil is to pull out the dipstick, wipe it dry and then insert it back in its place.’
    • ‘Aaiu investigators said the flight crew had not take the precaution of taking a manual reading of fuel tank levels with a dipstick at Luton.’
    • ‘Could he recall what was showing on the dipstick after filling the engine with oil?’
    • ‘With regard to soot or debris, these would be noticeable on the dipstick or through your sense of touch.’
    • ‘The good news for consumers is there's no need to look under the hood anyway, as the dipstick and filler openings for the windshield washer fluid and engine oil are hidden in a service module behind the faux grille on the front of the car.’
    • ‘The fueler stated that he ‘did not observe either pilot check the fuel dipsticks, climb up the fueler's ladder to check the fuel or walk around the airplane.’’
    • ‘It's one of the legends of motoring that early VW Beetles lacked even a gas gauge, the hapless owner having to use a dipstick to check whether there was enough fuel in the tank to get home.’
    • ‘When loosening the dipstick, see if there's any ‘give’ in the oil fill tube.’
    • ‘The fuel levels were checked as being correct prior to the flight with a dipstick and, without any reason to suspect a leak, the pilot assumed a gauge error.’
    • ‘I pulled over and yanked the dipstick: not a hint of oil.’
    • ‘The fast-fit specialist carried out vehicle inspections at three of its recent fleet safety days and found that almost 25% of cars checked needed at least one litre of oil while one engine had no trace of oil on the dipstick.’
    • ‘On some equipment, a visual sight glass or gauge shows fluid levels without opening the system, while on others a dipstick or other manual measuring device is used.’
  • 2informal A stupid or inept person.

    • ‘If the dipsticks in Congress really had national security threats on their minds, they'd probably be worrying about that one - not the risk that ownership of Unocal might allow China to tamper with the U.S. oil supply in time of war.’
    • ‘Along with a number of expletives, they questioned her intellectual depth and called her ‘something of a dipstick, an attractive one, but still a dipstick.’’
    • ‘Dive buddies are so useful, but one thing they don't warn you about in the training manual is having your personal belongings raided by the dipstick who forgot to bring her suitcase.’
    • ‘The boys were all acting like dipsticks as usual, as it would be a very LONG time before they reached emotional maturity.’
    • ‘Why should we queue up with this bunch of dipsticks?’
    idiot, ass, halfwit, nincompoop, blockhead, buffoon, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clod
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