dribble
I. verb (dribbled; dribbling) Etymology: frequentative of drib to dribble Date: circa 1589 transitive verb 1. to issue sporadically and in small bits 2. to let or cause to fall in drops little by little 3. a. to propel by successive slight taps or bounces with hand, foot, or stick <
dribble a basketball
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dribble a puck
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b. to hit (as a baseball) so as to cause a slow bouncing intransitive verb 1. to fall or flow in drops or in a thin intermittent stream ; trickle 2. to let saliva trickle from the corner of the mouth ; drool 3. to come or issue in piecemeal or desultory fashion 4. a. to dribble a ball or puck b. to proceed by dribbling c. of a ball to move with short bounces • dribbler noun II. noun Date: circa 1680 1. a tiny or insignificant bit or quantity 2. a small trickling stream or flow 3. an act, instance, or manner of dribbling a ball or puck • dribbly adjective

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  • dribble — [ dribl ] n. m. • 1913; de l angl. dribble → dribbler ♦ Anglic. Sport Action de dribbler. Recomm. offic. drible. ● dribble nom masculin (anglais dribble) Action de dribbler. dribble …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Dribble — Drib ble, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Dribbled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dribbing}.] [Freq. of drib, which is a variant of drip.] 1. To fall in drops or small drops, or in a quick succession of drops; as, water dribbles from the eaves. [1913 Webster] 2. To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dribble — Drib ble, v. t. 1. To let fall in drops. [1913 Webster] Let the cook . . . dribble it all the way upstairs. Swift. [1913 Webster] 2. In basketball and various other games, to propel (the ball) by successive slight hits or kicks so as to keep it… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dribble — Drib ble, n. 1. A drizzling shower; a falling or leaking in drops. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] 2. An act of dribbling[2] a ball. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dribble — (v.) 1580s, frequentative of obsolete verb drib (1520s), variant of DRIP (Cf. drip). Sports sense first used of soccer (1863), basketball sense is by 1892 (implied in dribbling). Related: Dribbled; dribbling. As a noun from 1670s …   Etymology dictionary

  • dribble — [v] trickle distill, drip, drivel, drizzle, drool, drop, fall in drops, leak, ooze, run, salivate, seep, slaver, slobber, spout, squirt, trill, weep; concepts 179,185 Ant. pour …   New thesaurus

  • dribble — ► VERB 1) (of a liquid) fall slowly in drops or a thin stream. 2) allow saliva to run from the mouth. 3) (in sport) take (the ball) forward with slight touches or (in basketball) by continuous bouncing. ► NOUN 1) a thin stream of liquid. 2) (in… …   English terms dictionary

  • dribble — [drib′əl] vi., vt. dribbled, dribbling [freq. of DRIB] 1. to flow, or let flow, in drops or driblets; trickle 2. to come forth or let out a little at a time 3. to let (saliva, liquid, etc.) drip from the mouth; drool 4. to keep (a ball or puck)… …   English World dictionary

  • Dribble — Un dribble est une action effectuée par les joueurs en sport collectif. L action consiste à se déplacer sur le terrain avec la balle en respectant les règles du jeu concerné. Un joueur dribble le plus souvent pour passer la défense adverse et… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • dribble — [[t]drɪ̱b(ə)l[/t]] dribbles, dribbling, dribbled 1) V ERG If a liquid dribbles somewhere, or if you dribble it, it drops down slowly or flows in a thin stream. [V prep/adv] Sweat dribbled down Hart s face... [V n prep/adv] Dribble the hot mixture …   English dictionary

  • dribble — I UK [ˈdrɪb(ə)l] / US verb Word forms dribble : present tense I/you/we/they dribble he/she/it dribbles present participle dribbling past tense dribbled past participle dribbled 1) a) [intransitive] British if you dribble, saliva (= the liquid in… …   English dictionary

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