from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To fall in drops: Water is dripping from that leaky faucet.
  • intransitive v. To shed drops: an umbrella that is dripping all over the floor.
  • intransitive v. To ooze or be saturated with or as if with liquid: a speech that dripped with sarcasm.
  • transitive v. To let fall in or as if in drops: a brush dripping paint; a speech that dripped invective.
  • n. The process of forming and falling in drops.
  • n. Liquid or moisture that falls in drops.
  • n. A slight intermittent flow or leak: fixed the drip in the faucet.
  • n. The sound made by liquid falling in drops: listened to the steady drip of the rain.
  • n. A projection on a cornice or sill from which rainwater can drip, protecting the wall below.
  • n. Slang A tiresome or annoying person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To fall one drop at a time.
  • v. To leak slowly.
  • v. To put a small amount of a liquid on something, drop by drop.
  • v. To have a superabundance of valuable things.
  • v. to rain lightly.
  • v. to be wet, to be soaked.
  • n. A drop of a liquid.
  • n. An apparatus that slowly releases a liquid, especially one that releases drugs into a patient's bloodstream (an intravenous drip).
  • n. A limp, ineffectual, boring or otherwise uninteresting person.
  • Dividend reinvestment program; a type of financial investing

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A falling or letting fall in drops; a dripping; that which drips, or falls in drops.
  • n. That part of a cornice, sill course, or other horizontal member, which projects beyond the rest, and is of such section as to throw off the rain water.
  • intransitive v. To fall in drops.
  • intransitive v. To let fall drops of moisture or liquid.
  • transitive v. To let fall in drops.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fall in drops.
  • To shed or let fall a liquid in drops, as a wet garment or a roof.
  • To let fall in drops.
  • n. A drop. See drop, n.
  • n. A falling or letting fall in drops; a dripping.
  • n. That which falls in drops; specifically, dripping, or melted fat which drips from meat while roasting.
  • n. In architecture, a projecting member of a cornice, etc., so cut as to throw off water, which would without it trickle down upon the parts beneath. See dripstone.
  • n. A receptacle for waste or overflow: as, the drip of a water-cooler or a refrigerator.
  • n. In meteorology, the drops of water which fall from leaves and other objects which are enveloped by clouds or fog, or covered with dew.
  • n. An inclined wooden platform, used in the manufacture of salt, for draining the salt before it is conveyed to the storehouse.
  • n. A deposit formed from dripping water, as stalactites in caves.
  • n. In horticulture, the water that drips from the sash-bars and other roof-structure of a glass-house.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. fall in drops
  • v. let or cause to fall in drops
  • n. (architecture) a projection from a cornice or sill designed to protect the area below from rainwater (as over a window or doorway)
  • n. flowing in drops; the formation and falling of drops of liquid
  • n. the sound of a liquid falling drop by drop


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English drippen; see dhreu- in Indo-European roots.



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  • A continuous infusion of some medicine into someone's vein. Drip medicines give a constant dose but require lots of nursing attention because it's always on, and because many of them have rates that have to be dialed up or down based on some parameters.

    To be put on a drip means to begin a continuous infusion.

    January 26, 2008