Dip of a stratum
Dip Dip, n. 1. The action of dipping or plunging for a moment into a liquid. ``The dip of oars in unison.'' --Glover. [1913 Webster]

2. Inclination downward; direction below a horizontal line; slope; pitch. [1913 Webster]

3. a hollow or depression in a surface, especially in the ground. [PJC]

4. A liquid, as a sauce or gravy, served at table with a ladle or spoon. [Local, U.S.] --Bartlett. [1913 Webster]

5. A dipped candle. [Colloq.] --Marryat. [1913 Webster]

6. A gymnastic exercise on the parallel bars in which the performer, resting on his hands, lets his arms bend and his body sink until his chin is level with the bars, and then raises himself by straightening his arms. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

7. In the turpentine industry, the viscid exudation, which is dipped out from incisions in the trees; as, virgin dip (the runnings of the first year), yellow dip (the runnings of subsequent years). [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

8. (A["e]ronautics) A sudden drop followed by a climb, usually to avoid obstacles or as the result of getting into an airhole. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

9. a liquid, in which objects are soaked by dipping; e.g., a parasiticide or insecticide solution into which animals are dipped (see {sheep-dip}). [PJC]

10. a sauce into which foods are dipped to enhance the flavor; e. g., an {onion dip} made from sour cream and dried onions, into which potato chips are dipped. [PJC]

11. a {pickpocket}. [slang] [PJC]

{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}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Dip of the horizon — Dip Dip, n. 1. The action of dipping or plunging for a moment into a liquid. The dip of oars in unison. Glover. [1913 Webster] 2. Inclination downward; direction below a horizontal line; slope; pitch. [1913 Webster] 3. a hollow or depression in a …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dip of the needle — Dip Dip, n. 1. The action of dipping or plunging for a moment into a liquid. The dip of oars in unison. Glover. [1913 Webster] 2. Inclination downward; direction below a horizontal line; slope; pitch. [1913 Webster] 3. a hollow or depression in a …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dip — Dip, n. 1. The action of dipping or plunging for a moment into a liquid. The dip of oars in unison. Glover. [1913 Webster] 2. Inclination downward; direction below a horizontal line; slope; pitch. [1913 Webster] 3. a hollow or depression in a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dip — [dip] vt. dipped or occas.Now Rare dipt, dipping [ME dippen < OE dyppan, to immerse < Gmc * dup , to be deep: see DIMPLE] 1. to put into or under liquid for a moment and then quickly take out; immerse 2. to dye in this way 3. to clean… …   English World dictionary

  • dip — [c]/dɪp / (say dip) verb (dipped, dipping) –verb (t) 1. to plunge temporarily into a liquid, as to wet or to take up some of the liquid. 2. to raise or take up by dipping action; lift by bailing or scooping: to dip water out of a boat. 3. to… …   Australian English dictionary

  • dip — dip1 dippable, adj., n. /dip/, v., dipped or (Archaic) dipt; dipping; n. v.t. 1. to plunge (something, as a cloth or sponge) temporarily into a liquid, so as to moisten it, dye it, or cause it to take up some of the liquid: He dipped the brush… …   Universalium

  • dip — I. verb (dipped; dipping) Etymology: Middle English dippen, from Old English dyppan; akin to Old High German tupfen to wash, Lithuanian dubus deep Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. a. to plunge or immerse momentarily or partially under …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • dip — I [[t]dɪp[/t]] v. dipped, dip•ping, n. 1) to plunge temporarily into a liquid, so as to moisten, dye, or take up some of the liquid 2) to take up by bailing or ladling: to dip water out of a boat[/ex] 3) to lower and raise: to dip a flag in… …   From formal English to slang

  • dip — verb (dips, dipping, dipped) 1》 (dip something in/into) put or let something down quickly or briefly in or into (liquid).     ↘make (a candle) by immersing a wick repeatedly in hot wax. 2》 sink, drop, or slope downwards.     ↘(of a level or… …   English new terms dictionary

  • Magnetic dip — Dip Dip, n. 1. The action of dipping or plunging for a moment into a liquid. The dip of oars in unison. Glover. [1913 Webster] 2. Inclination downward; direction below a horizontal line; slope; pitch. [1913 Webster] 3. a hollow or depression in a …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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