slip

Definitions

General English

  • verb to push something without being seen
  • verb to go quickly

Agriculture

Aviation

  • noun a condition of uncoordinated flight when the aircraft moves towards the inside of a turn
  • verb to move sideways towards the inside of a turning manoeuvre as a result of excessive bank

Cars & Driving

  • noun relative motion between driving and driven parts.

Commerce

  • noun a small piece of paper

Computing

  • noun
    (written as SLIP)
    a method of sending TCP/IP network traffic over a serial line, such as a telephone modem connection, usually used to connect a user’s computer to the Internet via a modem link.

Construction

Cricket

  • noun an off-side fielding position behind the batsman’s wicket, between the wicket-keeper and gully; slip is a close catching position, but like the position of wicket-keeper its ‘depth’ increases in direct proportion to the pace of the bowling
    Citation ‘In backing up, he should take care to give the man at the slip sufficient room’ (Lambert 1816)
    Citation ‘Greenidge, trying to run one wide of slip, was caught by Downton’ (John Thicknesse, WCM September 1984)
    Citation ‘Wessels then edged DeFreitas just out of Atherton’s diving reach at third slip’ (Richard Hutton, Cricketer September 1994)
  • noun a fielder occupying this position, or any of several fielders occupying positions in an arc between the wicket-keeper and gully and called collectively the slips; when there is more than one slip they are called first slip, second slip, and so on, first slip being the one closest to the wicket-keeper
    Citation ‘Balls which should have come along stump-high, sprang up, hit the batsman on the fingers, and found a resting-place in the slip’s hands’ (P.G.Wodehouse, The Pro: a cricket Story)
    Citation ‘The best slips I have ever seen are Chapman, Lohmann, Hammond, and Constantine’ (Warner 1934)
    Citation ‘I remember facing him [Lillee] in the Centenary Test at Melbourne … bowling with six slips, a square cover, short leg, and deep fine-leg’ (Brearley 1982)
    Citation ‘Too many wickets go begging because of nicks falling just in front of the slips’ (Chas Keys, Australian Cricket October 1993)
    See fielding positions
  • verb to ‘run’ the ball towards slip off the angled face of a straight bat
    Citation ‘Strokes behind the wicket were the chief features of his game; his cutting and slipping, leg-hitting and leg-gliding being safe and brilliant always’ (Headlam 1903)

Electronics

  • In fax, distortion in the received image due to slippage in the mechanism which advances the paper.
  • (written as SLIP)
    Acronym for serial Line Internet Protocol. A protocol utilized for the transfer of IP packets over a dial-up connection using a serial port. It is slow, does not provide error correction, and has been superseded by PPP. Also called SLIP protocol.
  • acronym forSerial Line IP
    (written as SLIP)

Food

  • baking tray

Law

  • noun a slip of paper used for a particular purpose

Media Studies

  • noun a special pull-out section covering a particular event

Publishing

  • noun the end of a cord or tape used in binding by being glued to the cover boards

Sports

  • noun the position of a fielder behind and near the wicketkeeper, especially on the off side, or the fielder who takes up this position
  • verb to dislocate or displace a bone, especially in the spine

Origin & History of “slip”

there are three separate words slip in English. The verb (13th c.) was probably borrowed from middle Low German slippen, a product of the prehistoric Germanic base *slip-. this in turn went back to Indo-European *sleib- (source also of English lubricate (17th c.)), a variant of the base which gave English slide. Slippery (16th c.) was based on an earlier and now defunct slipper ‘slippery’, which also goes back to Germanic *slip-. It may have been coined by the bible translator Miles Coverdale, who used it in psalm 34:6: ‘Let their way be dark and slippery’. It is thought that he modelled it on German schlipfferig ‘slippery’, used in the same passage by Martin Luther in his translation of the Bible. Slipper ‘soft shoe’ (15th c.) was originally a shoe ‘slipped’ on to the foot; and someone who is slipshod (16th c.) is etymologically wearing ‘loose shoes’.

Slip ‘thinned clay’ (OE) is descended from Old English slypa ‘slime’, and may be related to slop (14th c.). One of its earlier meanings was ‘dung’, which is fossilized in the second element of cowslip.

Slip ‘strip, piece’ (15th c.), as in a ‘slip of paper’, was probably borrowed from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch slippe ‘cut, slit, strip’.
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