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 amount) temporarily become lower or smaller.
    ↘lower or move downwards.
    ↘Brit. lower the beam of (a vehicle's headlights).
3》 (dip into) put a hand or implement into (a bag or container) in order to take something out.
    ↘spend from or make use of (one's financial resources).
4》 (dip out) Austral./NZ informal fail.
noun
1》 an act of dipping, especially a brief swim.
2》 a thick sauce in which pieces of food are dipped before eating.
3》 a brief downward slope followed by an upward one.
    ↘an instance of dropping briefly before rising again.
4》 the angle made with the horizontal at any point by the earth's magnetic field.
    ↘Geology the angle a stratum makes with the horizontal.
    ↘Astronomy & Surveying the apparent depression of the horizon from the line of observation, due to the curvature of the earth.
5》 N. Amer. informal a stupid or foolish person.
Phrases
dip one's toe into (or in) begin to do (something) cautiously.
Origin
OE dyppan, of Gmc origin; related to deep.

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