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1 a depression in an otherwise level surface; "there was a dip in the road"
2 (physics) the angle that a magnetic needle makes with the plane of the horizon [syn: angle of dip, magnetic dip, magnetic inclination, inclination]
3 a thief who steals from the pockets or purses of others in public places [syn: pickpocket, cutpurse]
4 tasty mixture or liquid into which bite-sized foods are dipped
5 a brief immersion
6 a sudden sharp decrease in some quantity; "a drop of 57 points on the Dow Jones index"; "there was a drop in pressure in the pulmonary artery"; "a dip in prices"; "when that became known the price of their stock went into free fall" [syn: drop, fall, free fall]
7 a candle that is made by repeated dipping in a pool of wax or tallow
8 a brief swim in water [syn: plunge]
9 a gymnastic exercise on the parallel bars in which the body is lowered and raised by bending and straightening the arms


1 immerse briefly into a liquid so as to wet, coat, or saturate; "dip the garment into the cleaning solution"; "dip the brush into the paint" [syn: dunk, souse, plunge, douse]
2 dip into a liquid while eating; "She dunked the piece of bread in the sauce" [syn: dunk]
3 go down momentarily; "Prices dipped"
4 stain an object by immersing it in a liquid
5 switch (a car's headlights) from a higher to a lower beam [syn: dim]
6 lower briefly; "She dipped her knee"
7 appear to move downward; "The sun dipped below the horizon"; "The setting sun sank below the tree line" [syn: sink]
8 slope downwards; "Our property dips towards the river"
9 dip into a liquid; "He dipped into the pool" [syn: douse, duck]
10 of candles; by dipping the wick into hot, liquid wax
11 immerse in a disinfectant solution; "dip the sheep"
12 scoop up by plunging one's hand or a ladle below the surface; "dip water out of a container" [also: dipping, dipped]dipping See dip

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  1. present participle of dip

Extensive Definition

This article relates to flag display techniques. See Chewing tobacco for the practice of dipping tobacco.
To dip a flag that is being carried means to lower it by turning it forward from an upright position to 45° or horizontal. This is done as a sign of respect or deference.
Some jurisdictions have laws that prohibit the dipping of the national flag; these include the United States, India and South Africa.

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