General English

General Science

  • noun
    (written as DIP)
    a standard layout for an integrated circuit package using two parallel rows of connecting pins along each side.
  • noun a standard layout for integrated circuit packages using two parallel rows of connecting pins along each side.


  • noun a chemical which is dissolved in water, used for dipping animals, mainly sheep, to remove lice and ticks
  • verb to plunge an animal into a dip, for about thirty seconds


  • to move e.g. the wing or nose of an aircraft so that it points downwards


  • noun a sudden small fall
  • verb to fall in price

Cars & Driving

  • verb to switch (headlights) to the lower beam


  • noun
    (written as DIP)
    software that allows a user to capture, store and index printed text in a digital form
  • acronymDIL
    (written as DIP)
  • acronym fordual-in-line package
    (written as DIP)


  • In geology, the slope of a fault or vein.
  • In plumbing, the lowest point of the inside top of a trap.


  • verb (of the ball) to turn or swing in towards the batsman while in flight, losing height rather more steeply than expected at the end of its trajectory
    Citation ‘He appeared to be a bit late to a ball from Meckiff which pitched well up to him and perhaps dipped in a shade’ (Peebles 1959)
    Citation ‘It set off on the line of Gatting’s pads and then dipped in the air further towards the leg side until it was 18 inches adrift of the stumps’ (Vic Marks, Wisden 1994)


  • To immerse briefly in a liquid, so as to coat or saturate, as in dip coating.
  • An angle or slant in reference to a horizontal plane.
  • For a given location on the surface of the earth, the angle between the horizontal plane and the direction of the lines of force of the earth's magnetic field. Dip is 0° at the magnetic equator and 90° at each of the magnetic poles. Also called magnetic dip, magnetic inclination, or inclination (2).
  • acronym fordual in-line package
    (written as DIP)


  • A soft savoury, usually cold, sauce into which pieces of food such as raw vegetables, crisps, biscuits, etc. are dipped prior to eating


  • noun a fool. This word, first heard in the 1970s, is either a back-formation from dippy or a short form of dipstick or dipshit.
  • noun a pickpocket. A Victorian term, still in police and underworld use.
  • noun an act of sex. The vulgarism usually refers to male sexual activity and was used, e.g., by the stand-up comedian Frank Skinner in stage monologues in 1992. It is derived from the phrase dip one’s/the wick.


  • noun an exercise on parallel bars in which the elbows are bent until the gymnast’s chin is level with the bars, and the body raised by straightening the arms


  • noun a purée into which vegetables or pieces of bread can be dipped as cocktail snacks


  • acronym fordistal interphalangeal joint
    (written as DIP)
  • noun a joint nearest the end of the finger or toe.

Origin & History of “dip”

like deep, dip comes ultimately from a Germanic base *d(e)up- ‘deep, hollow’. The derived verb, *dupjan, produced Old English dyppan, ancestor of modern English dip. It originally meant quite specifically ‘immerse’ in Old English, sometimes with reference to baptism; the sense ‘incline downwards’ is a 17th-century development.