Definition of drip noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//drɪp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//drɪp//
    Medical equipment
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  1. 1[singular] the sound or action of small drops of liquid falling continuously The silence was broken only by the steady drip, drip of water from the roof.
  2. 2[countable] a small drop of liquid that falls from something We put a bucket under the hole in the roof to catch the drips.
  3. 3(North American English also IV) [countable] (medical) a piece of equipment that passes liquid food, medicine or blood very slowly through a tube into a patient’s vein She's been put on a drip. See related entries: Medical equipment
  4. 4[countable] (informal, becoming old-fashioned) a boring or stupid person with a weak personality synonym wimp Don't be such a drip—come and join in the fun!
  5. Word OriginOld English dryppan, drȳpen, of Germanic origin; related to Danish dryppe, also to drop.Extra examples He is on a saline drip. He was taken off his drip last night. There were buckets to catch the drips from the ceiling. drips from the tap the steady drip of water from the tap The silence was broken only by the steady drip, drip of water the rood.
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