slip1/slɪp/USA pronunciationv.,slipped, slip•ping,n. v.
to (cause to) move or go smoothly; (cause to) slide: [no object]She slipped into his arms and hugged him.[~ + object]slipped the shoe on her foot.
to slide suddenly and accidentally, esp. so as to fall or go lower:[no object]He slipped on the icy ground.
to pass quickly, esp. without having been acted upon or used, as an opportunity:[no object; usually: ~ + by/away]Another opportunity to catch him slipped by.
to become involved or absorbed easily:[no object; often: ~ + into + object]He'd already slipped into sin.
to move or go quietly or without being noticed:[no object]to slip out of a room.
to put on or take off (a piece of clothing) easily or quickly: [~ + on/off + object]He slipped on his jacket.[~ + object + on/off]He slipped his jacket on and went outside.[~ + into + object]"Let me slip into something more comfortable,'' she whispered.
to make a mistake or error:[no object; often: ~ + up]Someone in the office must have slipped (up).
to become worse; decline:[no object]His work slipped badly last year.
to be said or made known unintentionally:[no object; often: ~ + out]The words just slipped (out).
to put, pass, etc., quickly or while trying not to be noticed:[~ + object]to slip a note into a person's pocket.
to let or make (something) slide out of a fastening, hold, etc.:[~ + object]I slipped the lock, and the door opened.
to pass from or escape (one's memory, etc.):[~ + object]The date for our meeting has slipped my mind.
to put out of correct position:[~ + object]I slipped a disk in my back.
a mistake or error, as in speaking or writing, esp. a small, careless one:a slip of the tongue.
a decline or fall in quantity, quality, etc.:a slip in prices.
a woman's skirted undergarment worn under the outer dress or skirt.
Nautical, Naval Termsa space between two wharves or in a dock for vessels.
Idiomsgive (someone) the slip, to get away from (someone) who is chasing one; escape from (someone):She gave him the slip by dashing across the street.
Idiomslet slip, to reveal (something) by accident: [let + object + ~]He let the secret slip.[let + ~ + object]He let slip all our secrets.[let + it + ~ + that clause]He let it slip that some of our spies were still operating.
slip1(slip),USA pronunciationv.,slipped or (Archaic) slipt; slipped; slip•ping; n. v.i.
to move, flow, pass, or go smoothly or easily; glide; slide:Water slips off a smooth surface.
to slide suddenly or involuntarily; to lose one's foothold, as on a smooth surface:She slipped on the icy ground.
to move, slide, or start gradually from a place or position:His hat had slipped over his eyes.
to slide out of or become disengaged from a fastening, the grasp, etc.:The soap slipped from my hand.
to pass without having been acted upon or used; be lost; get away:to let an opportunity slip.
to pass from the mind, memory, or consciousness.
to elapse or pass quickly or imperceptibly (often fol. by away or by): The years slipped by.
to become involved or absorbed easily:to slip into a new way of life.
to move or go quietly, cautiously, or unobtrusively:to slip out of a room.
to put on or take off a garment easily or quickly:She slipped on the new sweater. He slipped off his shoes.
to make a mistake or error:As far as I know, you haven't slipped once.
to fall below a standard or accustomed level, or to decrease in quantity or quality; decline; deteriorate:His work slipped last year.
to be said or revealed inadvertently (usually fol. by out):The words just slipped out.
to read, study, consider, etc., without attention:He slipped over the most important part.
Aeronautics(of an aircraft when excessively banked) to slide sideways, toward the center of the curve described in turning. Cf. skid (def. 18).
to cause to move, pass, go, etc., with a smooth, easy, or sliding motion.
to put, place, pass, insert, or withdraw quickly or stealthily:to slip a letter into a person's hand.
to put on or take off (a garment) easily or quickly:He slipped the shirt over his head.
to let or make (something) slide out of a fastening, the hold, etc.:I slipped the lock, and the door creaked open.
to release from a leash, harness, etc., as a hound or a hawk.
to get away or free oneself from; escape (a pursuer, restraint, leash, etc.):The cow slipped its halter.
to untie or undo (a knot).
Nautical, Naval Termsto let go entirely, as an anchor cable or an anchor.
to pass from or escape (one's memory, attention, knowledge, etc.).
to dislocate; put out of joint or position:I slipped a disk in my back.
to shed or cast:The rattlesnake slipped its skin.
to ignore, pass over, or omit, as in speaking or writing.
to let pass unheeded; neglect or miss.
[Boxing.]to evade or avoid (a blow) by moving or turning the body quickly:He slipped a right and countered with a hard left.
Veterinary Diseases(of animals) to bring forth (offspring) prematurely.
British Termsto detach (a railway car) from a moving train as it passes through a station.
let slip, to reveal unintentionally:to let slip the truth.
slip a cog. See cog1 (def. 6).
to depart quietly or unobtrusively; steal off.
to recede; slowly vanish:All those facts I had memorized just slipped away.
slip between the cracks. See crack (def. 52).
slip someone's mind, to be forgotten:I was supposed to phone, but it slipped my mind.
slip something over on, to deceive; defraud; trick. Also, slip one over on.
slip up, to make an error; fail:I slipped up and put the letter in the wrong envelope.
an act or instance of slipping.
a sudden losing of one's foothold, as on slippery ground.
a mistake in judgment; blunder.
a mistake or oversight, as in speaking or writing, esp. a small one due to carelessness:a minor slip in addition; a slip of the tongue.
an error in conduct; indiscretion.
something easily slipped on or off.
a decline or fall in quantity, quality, extent, etc., or from a standard or accustomed level:a slip in prices.
a woman's undergarment, sleeveless and usually having shoulder straps, extending from above the bust down to the hemline of the outer dress.
an underskirt, as a half-slip or petticoat.
Nautical, Naval Termsan inclined plane, sloping to the water, on which vessels are built or repaired.
Nautical, Naval Termsthe difference between the speed at which a screw propeller or paddle wheel would move if it were working against a solid and the actual speed at which it advances through the water.
Nautical, Naval Termsa space between two wharves or in a dock for vessels to lie in.
Electricitythe difference between the synchronous and the operating speeds of a motor.
Mechanical Engineeringthe difference between output speed and input or theoretical speed in certain fluid or electromagnetic devices, as couplings or motors.
Mechanical Engineering(in pumps) the difference between the actual volume of water or other liquid delivered by a pump during one complete stroke and the theoretical volume as determined by calculation of the displacement.
Mechanical Engineeringunintended movement or play between mechanical parts or the like.
the position of a fielder who stands behind and to the offside of the wicketkeeper.
the fielder playing this position.
the relative displacement of formerly adjacent points on opposite sides of a fault, measured along the fault plane.
a small fault.
MetallurgyAlso called glide. plastic deformation of one part of a metallic crystal relative to the other part due to shearing action.
give someone the slip, to elude a pursuer; escape:The murderer gave the police the slip.
Middle Dutch slippen; cognate with Old High German slipfen; (noun, nominal) late Middle English slippe, derivative of or akin to the verb, verbal; compare Old High German slipf a sliding, slipping, error; akin to slipper2
(verb, verbal) Middle English slippen 1250–1300
1, 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged slither. See slide.
11.See corresponding entry in Unabridged err, blunder.
42.See corresponding entry in Unabridged error, fault. See mistake.
slip2(slip),USA pronunciationn., v.,slipped, slip•ping. n.
a small paper form on which information is noted:a withdrawal slip.
Botanya piece suitable for propagation cut from a plant; scion or cutting.
any long, narrow piece or strip, as of wood, paper, or land.
a young person, esp. one of slender form:a mere slip of a girl.
Furniturea long seat or narrow pew in a church.
Printing[Bookbinding.]one of the ends of a band, extending at the sides of a book after sewing.
to take slips or cuttings from (a plant).
to take (a part), as a slip from a plant.
Middle Dutch slippe flap (of a piece of clothing)
late Middle English slippe 1400–50
Ceramicsa clay solution of creamy consistency for coating or decorating biscuit.
Ceramicsa glass-bearing liquid fired onto steel as a cladding, as in making enamelware.
bef. 1000; Middle English slyppe, Old English slype semiliquid mass; compare slop1, cowslip,oxslip