from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of plunging or immersing.
  • noun Specifically Baptism by immersion.
  • noun The process of brightening ornamental brass-work, usually by first “pickling” it in dilute nitric acid, next scouring it with sand and water, and afterward plunging it for an instant only in a bath consisting of pure nitric acid.
  • noun A composition of boiled oil and grease, used in Scotland by curriers for softening leather and making it more fit for resisting dampness: in England called dubbing.
  • noun The washing of sheep to cleanse the fleece before shearing.
  • noun In ceramics, the process of coating a coarse clay body with enamel or slip of a fine quality by plunging the vessel into the liquid material for the coating, or of covering stoneware with a glaze.
  • noun A mode of taking snuff by rubbing it on the teeth and gums. See to dip snuff, under dip, V. t.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act or process of immersing.
  • noun The act of inclining downward.
  • noun The act of lifting or moving a liquid with a dipper, ladle, or the like.
  • noun The process of cleaning or brightening sheet metal or metalware, esp. brass, by dipping it in acids, etc.
  • noun U.S. The practice of taking snuff by rubbing the teeth or gums with a stick or brush dipped in snuff.
  • noun a magnetic needle suspended at its center of gravity, and moving freely in a vertical plane, so as to indicate on a graduated circle the magnetic dip or inclination.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of dip.


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