from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that dips, especially a container for taking up water.
  • n. One of several small birds of the genus Cinclus that dive into swift-moving streams and feed along the bottom. Also called water ouzel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various small passerine birds of the genus Cinclus that live near fast-flowing streams and feed along the bottom.
  • n. A cup-shaped vessel with a long handle, for dipping out liquids.
  • n. pickpocket

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, dips; especially, a vessel used to dip water or other liquid; a ladle.
  • n.
  • n. A small grebe; the dabchick.
  • n. The buffel duck.
  • n. The water ouzel (Cinolus aquaticus) of Europe.
  • n. The American dipper or ouzel (Cinclus Mexicanus).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which dips. Specifically
  • n. [capitalized] [Cf. dopper.] Same as Dunker.
  • n. In paper manufacturing, the workman who mixes the pulp and puts it upon the mold.
  • n. One who dips snuff. See to dip snuff, under dip, v. t.
  • n. A bird of the genus Cinclus or family CinclidÅ“: so called because it dips, ducks, or dives under water.
  • n.
  • n. Any swimming bird which dives with great ease and rapidity, as a grebe, dab-chick, or didapper; especially, in the United States, the buffle, Bucephala albeola, which is also called spirit-duck for the same reason. See cut under buffle.
  • n. A vessel of wood, iron, or tin, with a handle usually long and straight, used to dip water or other liquid.
  • n. [capitalized] The popular name in the United States of the seven principal stars in Ursa Major, or the Great Bear: so called from their being arranged in the form of the vessel called a dipper. The corresponding stars in Ursa Minor are called the Little Dipper. See cuts under Ursa.
  • n. In photography, a holder or lifter for plunging plates into a sensitizing or fixing bath; especially, such a holder used in the wet-plate process for plunging the collodionized plate into the sensitizing bath of nitrate of silver.
  • n. A simple form of scoop-dredge. See dredging-machine.
  • n. In ceramics, a workman who dips ware in the glazing or coloring preparation: See dipped.
  • n. Any of the gastropod mollusks of the genus Bulla.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a ladle that has a cup with a long handle
  • n. a group of seven bright stars in the constellation Ursa Major
  • n. small North American diving duck; males have bushy head plumage
  • n. a cluster of seven stars in Ursa Minor; at the end of the dipper's handle is Polaris
  • n. small stocky diving bird without webbed feet; frequents fast-flowing streams and feeds along the bottom


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