Hypertext Webster Gateway: "dipping"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Dip \Dip\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dipped}or {Dipt} (?); p. pr. &
vb. n. {Dipping}.] [OE. dippen, duppen, AS. dyppan; akin to
Dan. dyppe, Sw. doppa, and to AS. d?pan to baptize, OS.
d?pian, D. doopen, G. taufen, Sw. d["o]pa, Goth. daupjan,
Lith. dubus deep, hollow, OSlav. dupl? hollow, and to E.
dive. Cf. {Deep}, {Dive}.]
1. To plunge or immerse; especially, to put for a moment into
a liquid; to insert into a fluid and withdraw again.

The priest shall dip his finger in the blood. --Lev.
iv. 6.

[Wat'ry fowl] now dip their pinions in the briny
deep. --Pope.

While the prime swallow dips his wing. --Tennyson.

2. To immerse for baptism; to baptize by immersion. --Book of
Common Prayer. Fuller.

3. To wet, as if by immersing; to moisten. [Poetic]

A cold shuddering dew Dips me all o'er. --Milton.

4. To plunge or engage thoroughly in any affair.

He was . . . dipt in the rebellion of the Commons.

5. To take out, by dipping a dipper, ladle, or other
receptacle, into a fluid and removing a part; -- often
with out; as, to dip water from a boiler; to dip out

6. To engage as a pledge; to mortgage. [Obs.]

Live on the use and never dip thy lands. --Dryden.

{Dipped candle}, a candle made by repeatedly dipping a wick
in melted tallow.

{To dip snuff}, to take snuff by rubbing it on the gums and
teeth. [Southern U. S.]

{To dip the colors} (Naut.), to lower the colors and return
them to place; -- a form of naval salute.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Dipping \Dip"ping\, n.
1. The act or process of immersing.

2. The act of inclining downward.

3. The act of lifting or moving a liquid with a dipper,
ladle, or the like.

4. The process of cleaning or brightening sheet metal or
metalware, esp. brass, by dipping it in acids, etc.

5. The practice of taking snuff by rubbing the teeth or gums
with a stick or brush dipped in snuff. [U.S.]

{Dipping needle}, 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

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