Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The practice of leaving a tip (gratuity).
  • n. The dumping of rubbish.
  • n. A distinct articulation given in playing quick notes on the flute, by striking the tongue against the roof of the mouth; double-tonguing.
  • v. Present participle of tip.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A distinct articulation given in playing quick notes on the flute, by striking the tongue against the roof of the mouth; double-tonguing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of putting a tip to.
  • n. The act of tilting or overturning: as, table- tipping.
  • n. In the preparation of curled hair, the operation of tossing the carded hair about with a stick so that it will fall in tufts, to be afterward consolidated by rapid blows.
  • n. The practice of making presents to servants, etc., nominally for services rendered or expected. See tip, transitive verb, 6.
  • n. In music, same as tonguing, 3.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • The changes in lifestyles will be momentous which explains the use of the term 'tipping point'.

    The Guardian World News

  • And yes, for those who have always wondered, penguin tipping from a hercules is both easy, harmless, and amusing.

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  • I can see I was not clear enough in my use of the term tipping point.

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  • I have read further and found that the term tipping point in the realm of climate science can refer to many things such as ancient ice melting to the point of releasing additional greenhouse gases.

    RealClimate

  • The former VP warning today, though, we are dangerously close to what he called a tipping point of irreversible climate damage.

    CNN Transcript Jan 28, 2009

  • So scientists and environmentalist talk about the threshold, a certain number of parts per million of greenhouse gases beyond, which they call a tipping point, beyond which it may be impossible to reverse global warming.

    CNN Transcript Feb 17, 2009

  • But they have what they call the tipping point, Wolf.

    CNN Transcript May 17, 2007

  • Hansen says his research shows that man has just 10 years to reduce greenhouse gases before global warming reaches what he calls a tipping point and becomes unstoppable.

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  • But the rector of Falls Church boils it down to what he calls the tipping point three years ago.

    CNN Transcript Dec 18, 2006

  • Parishioners and church officials talk about longstanding differences over theology, but the director rector of Falls Church boils it down to what he calls the tipping point three years ago.

    CNN Transcript Dec 18, 2006

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