3. To wet, as if by immersing; to moisten. [Poetic]
A cold shuddering dewMilton.
Dips me all o'er.
4. To plunge or engage thoroughly in any affair.
He was . . . dipt in the rebellion of the Commons.Dryden.
5. To take out, by dipping a dipper, ladle, or other receptacle, into a fluid and removing a part; often
with out; as, to dip water from a boiler; to dip out water.
6. To engage as a pledge; to mortgage. [Obs.]
Live on the use and never dip thy lands.Dryden. Dipped candle, a candle made by repeatedly dipping a wick in melted tallow. To dip snuff, to
take snuff by rubbing it on the gums and teeth. [Southern U. S.] To dip the colors (Naut.), to
lower the colors and return them to place; a form of naval salute.
(Dip), v. i.
1. To immerse one's self; to become plunged in a liquid; to sink.
The sun's rim dips; the stars rush out.Coleridge.
2. To perform the action of plunging some receptacle, as a dipper, ladle. etc.; into a liquid or a soft substance
and removing a part.
Whoever dips too deep will find death in the pot.L'Estrange.
3. To pierce; to penetrate; followed by in or into.
When I dipt into the future.Tennyson.
4. To enter slightly or cursorily; to engage one's self desultorily or by the way; to partake limitedly; followed
by in or into. "Dipped into a multitude of books." Macaulay.
5. To incline downward from the plane of the horizon; as, strata of rock dip.
6. To dip snuff. [Southern U.S.]
1. The action of dipping or plunging for a moment into a liquid. "The dip of oars in unison." Glover.
2. Inclination downward; direction below a horizontal line; slope; pitch.
3. A liquid, as a sauce or gravy, served at table with a ladle or spoon. [Local, U.S.] Bartlett.
4. A dipped candle. [Colloq.] Marryat.
Dip of the horizon (Astron.), the angular depression of the seen or visible horizon below the true or
natural horizon; the angle at the eye of an observer between a horizontal line and a tangent drawn from
the eye to the surface of the ocean. Dip of the needle, or Magnetic dip, the angle formed, in a
vertical plane, by a freely suspended magnetic needle, or the line of magnetic force, with a horizontal
line; called also inclination. Dip of a stratum (Geol.), its greatest angle of inclination to the
horizon, or that of a line perpendicular to its direction or strike; called also the pitch.
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