Definition of drip in English:

drip

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 Let fall or be so wet as to shed small drops of liquid.

    ‘the tap won't stop dripping’
    ‘his hands were dripping with blood’
    • ‘I had thought they might not let me in with my t-shirt and combats, which were dripping with tea from where I'd managed to pour a whole mug over them in the kitchen half an hour before.’
    • ‘The outside layer of glass was dripping with different sizes of transparent water drops.’
    • ‘When I got back to the car after doing my private business I noticed that the liquid had stopped dripping.’
    • ‘She reached for some of the more limber pine needles by her feet, but stopped when she noticed they were dripping with red.’
    • ‘Our kitchen tap drips intermittently, releasing one drop into the pan of water below.’
    • ‘By now they had both shed their heavy cloaks and were dripping with blood.’
    • ‘His eyes were closed, jaw dropped, and his face dripping with soup.’
    • ‘She had a look that spoke for nobody to come by and her entire outfit was dripping with some sort of liquid substance.’
    • ‘Of course it is miraculous that the view outside my window is a palette of washed browns and greys, dripping with glittering raindrops.’
    dribble, drop, leak
    drop, dribble, trickle, drizzle, run, splash, sprinkle, plop, fall in drops
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    1. 1.1[with adverbial](of liquid) fall in small drops.
      ‘water dripped from her clothing’
      • ‘She stood up onto her feet; the muddied water dripped and dribbled down her skin and her clothes clung onto her body.’
      • ‘Water dripped from the clothing and fell onto the hard ground of the house.’
      • ‘Water dripped in and people were moved away from about five sections of seats directly below.’
      • ‘Water is dripping down my face, soaking into my sweater.’
      • ‘Water dripped from the ceiling, and in one corner we found burnt remnants of clothing.’
      • ‘He turned to her, she was all wet, droplets of water fell from her head, water dripped from the bottom of her dress to the ground.’
      • ‘I tried to stop laughing it was so funny, her hair was completely wet and there were droplets of water dripping down her nose.’
      • ‘When it rained the smallest drops of water could drip on your body through the wicker.’
      • ‘Even as he watched, a droplet of water dripped heavily down from a stalactite far overhead, landing in the pond with fat, lazy ripples.’
      • ‘Simultaneously, the hot water tank decided to spring a leak, and water was dripping into the sitting room - plumbers fixed it yesterday.’
      • ‘Inside water was dripping from the roof onto the children's exercise books.’
      • ‘Haley's head was lowered and small drops of water were dripping onto his pants.’
      • ‘The spring water was dripping from 10 pairs of stalactites, each over 100 metres in length.’
      • ‘My uncle's ceiling has been leaking for 18 months and when it rains bad, like it did last weekend, water is dripping all over the place.’
      • ‘I usually knew that water was again dripping from my bathroom ceiling when Dorey began meowing excitedly.’
      • ‘Water droplets were dripping from the ends of his dirty blonde hair.’
      • ‘The water was dripping outside our front door into the hallway, and from there into the hallway another flight down.’
      • ‘Water dripped from his hair and clothes, but he didn't seem to notice.’
      • ‘The water dripped unhurriedly from my line as I retrieved.’
      • ‘Water was dripping from him as he came to the fire to warm himself up.’
    2. 1.2[with object]Cause or allow (a liquid) to fall in small drops.
      ‘the candle was dripping wax down one side’
      • ‘If not properly seasoned, cast iron pans will drip dark liquid into food.’
      • ‘Her hair and all of her clothes dripped water, but she didn't care this time.’
      • ‘He dripped candle wax on the deck for traction and made his own leashes out of surgical tubing.’
      • ‘He was dripping water onto the ground, and there was a puddle of rain water forming around his feet.’
      • ‘You can see examples of this if you happen to drip some water on a hot stove or any very hot surface.’
      • ‘In addition to the sock-type products, we also tested flat pads designed to go under the engine or other component that might drip oil.’
      • ‘Candle wax is also dripped on the cuts and over various parts of the body.’
      • ‘He also had dripped cold water into our ears as we slept causing a rude awakening.’
      • ‘He dripped water from off the hem of his pants, the bottom of his longish trench coat and the long hair that lay straggly on his back.’
      • ‘For many years, he dripped oil onto the axle of the main pump, in the main pumping station.’
      • ‘It was dark, but it was even hotter than out in the street because the rooftops dripped steaming water into street.’
      • ‘He gulped air while the people around him dripped liquids into his arm and took his pulse.’
      • ‘And if you drip water or anything like that, it becomes a giant splotch.’
      • ‘An IV dripped a clear liquid into one of his hands and some type of monitor encased one of his fingers.’
      • ‘There was some kind of burst pipe which was slowly dripping water out in some places and little watering cans beneath the drips to collect the water and use it elsewhere.’
      • ‘Then he extended the pipe over the bath, where he attached a valve that dripped water.’
      • ‘Jared climbed out of the pool and walked over to the towel pile, leaving a trail of water, as his swimming trunks dripped water all the way.’
      • ‘We would be dripping cold water, plastered to our skin through our T-shirts.’
      • ‘I marvelled at one such time marker that dripped water from one cup to another.’
      • ‘I looked down and saw I was dripping water onto the marble flooring of the room.’
    3. 1.3Display a copious amount or degree of a particular quality or thing.
      ‘the women were dripping with gold and diamonds’
      [with object] ‘his voice dripped sarcasm’
      • ‘He does not seem to be dripping with contempt when he looks at us, and I think that has something to do with the coverage.’
      • ‘Her voice was dripping with venom; hate filled her pretty brown eyes, Charlotte's eyes.’
      • ‘A good comedy movie is also one that is dripping with humour in small doses, so that even a preposition or a pronoun at a given moment seems hilarious.’
      • ‘The troupe delivers some great performances and the script itself is dripping with wit like a reading from Bartlett's Familiar Quotations.’
      • ‘Her voice was dripping with sarcasm and, Cole noted with amusement, jealousy.’
      • ‘‘You really know how to make a girl feel special,’ sarcasm dripped from my voice.’
      • ‘Her voice was dripping in sarcasm, causing the woman to bristle and stalk off.’
      • ‘His voice dripped in sarcasm, but there was a light feeling to it.’
      • ‘This voice was dripping with determination, and yet at the same time ripped from a deep and demanding voice at the back of his throat.’
      • ‘His voice dripped with ironic sarcasm, as he spared a moment to glance at her.’
      • ‘Sarah's voice dripped with bitter sarcasm and made me even angrier.’
      • ‘Microsoft is well aware that the Internet is dripping with code leaks, breaches of confidence, NDA violations, and it clearly can't get them all.’
      • ‘Her voice was dripping with not only sarcasm but something so much more lethal.’
      • ‘Sarcasm dripped from his voice, sending an immediate warning to everyone else in the room to mind their mouths.’
      • ‘The whole episode is dripping with delicious irony.’
      • ‘Her voice held so little enthusiasm that it was practically dripping with sarcasm.’
      • ‘Her voice dripped with sarcasm as she verbally lashed out.’
      • ‘My voice was dripping with sarcasm, however he didn't seem to notice.’
      • ‘The event will be dripping with patriotic symbolism.’
      • ‘The teacher's voice wasn't dripping with sarcasm or spite; in fact, the teacher had the best intentions at heart when he had said that aloud.’

noun

  • 1A small drop of a liquid.

    ‘she put the bucket on top of the dresser to catch the drips’
    • ‘Its cleverness is in the way the handle is angled to suit the curves of a lavatory bowl, while the top of the holder is slightly dished to catch drips.’
    • ‘Use a cloth to catch drips and when the first trickle of water appears, close the valve.’
    • ‘Slowly, I get up and run the back of my right hand under my nose to catch the drips that have collected there and sniff to get the rest away.’
    • ‘To make cleanup easier next time, line shelves and bins with small plastic trays or a double thickness of paper towels to catch drips.’
    • ‘I dropped about half a drip of water from the kettle on my socked foot a few days ago - by accident and I hardly felt it.’
    • ‘Having failed to make any difference we opt for the traditional leak stopping route, and go and fetch an oven dish to catch the drips.’
    • ‘Place a drop cloth below or adjacent to the fence to catch debris and paint drips or overspray.’
    • ‘Take the sponge, run it under hot water, get a drip of washing up liquid (there must be detergent for a thorough wash) onto the scrubby side of the sponge.’
    • ‘The segments ready to be painted are lined with paper gutters to catch any drips.’
    • ‘The nurse tried to catch drips before they hit the bedspread and wiped his chin after every other spoonful.’
    • ‘The chickadees like to catch the drip right from the fountain head, but others are willing to drink and bathe in the water below.’
    • ‘A few have mottled top layers with splashes of incongruous colors that seem to have come together with the randomness of drips of paint on a drop cloth.’
    • ‘For instance, why not glue or tape a paper dinner plate to the bottom of the can to catch drips.’
    • ‘Was it his imagination, or could he see an image of Helen in the drips of golden liquid that remained in the bottom.’
    • ‘Don't forget a tray or saucer underneath to catch the drips.’
    • ‘Have one in your hand as you fill up your boat to catch fuel drips from the nozzle and the deck fuel fill.’
    • ‘Also pile newspapers on the floor to catch splashes or drips or even better spread a big sheet of plastic and cover it with newspapers.’
    • ‘Apply the mixture to your windows with a clean sponge and squeegee off the liquid, absorbing any drips with a cloth.’
    • ‘If our experience with water cooled mainframes is anything to go by, the question remains over where the bucket to catch the drips should be placed.’
    • ‘Eliminates drips, mess, and pot-life problems of liquid epoxy.’
    drop, dribble, bead, spot, trickle, splash, plop
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    1. 1.1The action or sound of liquid falling steadily in small drops.
      ‘the drip, drip, drip of the leak in the roof’
      • ‘Aside from the soft murmur of the pale man speaking to the hooded one and the occasional drip of some liquid, it was positively silent.’
      • ‘Ayden listen and there was an annoying drip, drip, drip sound that echoed throughout the basement for what seemed forever.’
      • ‘The drip, drip dripping sound of water echoed eerily, tensing her nerves.’
      • ‘Colin woke up to the drip of water falling at the end of his bed.’
      • ‘He couldn't show them that their words bothered him, so he sat silently in the corner, listening to the steady drip of a leak near him.’
      • ‘Except, there was the sound of a steady drip and an overwhelming feeling of peace so intense he actually panicked.’
      • ‘Everywhere sounded the drip of icewater, rubbing away at banded marble and rough limestone.’
      • ‘We traveled downwards for a while, as I watched the darkness and listened to the gentle pattering of tiny feet and the drip of water falling into a pool.’
      • ‘A tiny stream, perhaps fed by a small spring or an overhead drip, trickled by between the kitchen and the closet toward the entrance to the cave.’
    2. 1.2An apparatus which passes fluid, nutrients, or drugs drop by drop into a patient's body on a continuous basis, usually intravenously.
      ‘he had been on a drip for several days’
      • ‘She has asked that if she get's to bad that they let her go peacefully in what ever form they can, either lethal injection or through a drip, but she does not want us to watch her die in pain.’
      • ‘The mother said her son was unconscious when they arrived at the hospital and doctors put him on a saline drip and monitored him through the night.’
      • ‘He was taken to hospital for blood tests and given a course of antibiotics through a drip.’
      • ‘It means ‘artificial nutrition and hydration’ - otherwise known as feeding through a tube, or hydrating through a drip in the arm.’
      • ‘By the time my husband arrived 10 minutes later, he was already on oxygen, a fluid drip and intravenous antibiotics.’
    3. 1.3[usually as modifier]A method of brewing coffee by dripping boiling water through a filter filled with ground coffee beans.
      ‘a drip coffee maker’
      ‘we both drink aged Sumatra drip coffee’
  • 2informal A weak and ineffectual person.

    ‘I hope that drip isn't still pursuing you’
    • ‘I probably sound a bit of a drip, but I feel I'm in this permanent hallucinogenic state.’
    • ‘He's a bore, he's a drip, he's a sneak.’
    • ‘He's a drip, but he's very faithful, you know.’
    weakling, ninny, milksop, milquetoast, namby-pamby, crybaby, pushover, softie, doormat, ineffective person
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  • 3Architecture
    A projection on a moulding, channelled to prevent rain from running down the wall below.

    Compare with dripstone
    • ‘Ms Tooth said in her statement that the remedial work carried out was the same as that for the residences, the installation of extension drips to the copings.’

Origin

Old English dryppan, drȳpen, of Germanic origin; related to Danish dryppe, also to drop.

Pronunciation:

drip

/drɪp/