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SLIP (slipped, slipping)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does slip mean? 

SLIP (noun)
  The noun SLIP has 15 senses:

1. a socially awkward or tactless act
2. a minor inadvertent mistake usually observed in speech or writing or in small accidents or memory lapses etc.
3. potter's clay that is thinned and used for coating or decorating ceramics
4. a part (sometimes a root or leaf or bud) removed from a plant to propagate a new plant through rooting or grafting
5. a young and slender person
6. a place where a craft can be made fast
7. an accidental misstep threatening (or causing) a fall
8. a slippery smoothness
9. artifact consisting of a narrow flat piece of material
10. a small sheet of paper
11. a woman's sleeveless undergarment
12. bed linen consisting of a cover for a pillow
13. an unexpected slide
14. a flight maneuver; aircraft slides sideways in the air
15. the act of avoiding capture (especially by cunning)

  Familiarity information: SLIP used as a noun is familiar.


SLIP (verb)
  The verb SLIP has 9 senses:

1. move stealthily
2. insert inconspicuously or quickly or quietly
3. move obliquely or sideways, usually in an uncontrolled manner
4. get worse
5. move smoothly and easily
6. to make a mistake or be incorrect
7. pass on stealthily
8. pass out of one's memory
9. move out of position

  Familiarity information: SLIP used as a verb is familiar.


 Dictionary entry details 


SLIP (noun)


Sense 1slip [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A socially awkward or tactless act

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

solecism; slip; gaffe; faux pas; gaucherie

Hypernyms ("slip" is a kind of...):

bloomer; blooper; blunder; boner; boo-boo; botch; bungle; flub; foul-up; fuckup; pratfall (an embarrassing mistake)


Sense 2slip [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A minor inadvertent mistake usually observed in speech or writing or in small accidents or memory lapses etc.

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

parapraxis; slip-up; miscue; slip

Hypernyms ("slip" is a kind of...):

error; fault; mistake (a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "slip"):

Freudian slip (a slip-up that (according to Sigmund Freud) results from the operation of unconscious wishes or conflicts and can reveal unconscious processes in normal healthy individuals)


Sense 3slip [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Potter's clay that is thinned and used for coating or decorating ceramics

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Hypernyms ("slip" is a kind of...):

potter's clay; potter's earth (clay that does not contain any iron; used in making pottery or for modeling)


Sense 4slip [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A part (sometimes a root or leaf or bud) removed from a plant to propagate a new plant through rooting or grafting

Classified under:

Nouns denoting plants

Synonyms:

cutting; slip

Hypernyms ("slip" is a kind of...):

stalk; stem (a slender or elongated structure that supports a plant or fungus or a plant part or plant organ)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "slip"):

quickset (cuttings of plants set in the ground to grow as hawthorn for hedges or vines)


Sense 5slip [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A young and slender person

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Context example:

he's a mere slip of a lad

Hypernyms ("slip" is a kind of...):

spring chicken; young person; younker; youth (a young person (especially a young man or boy))


Sense 6slip [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A place where a craft can be made fast

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

mooring; berth; moorage; slip

Hypernyms ("slip" is a kind of...):

anchorage; anchorage ground (place for vessels to anchor)


Sense 7slip [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An accidental misstep threatening (or causing) a fall

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

trip; slip

Context examples:

he blamed his slip on the ice / the jolt caused many slips and a few spills

Hypernyms ("slip" is a kind of...):

misadventure; mischance; mishap (an instance of misfortune)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "slip"):

fall; spill; tumble (a sudden drop from an upright position)


Sense 8slip [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A slippery smoothness

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

slick; slipperiness; slickness; slip

Context example:

he could feel the slickness of the tiller

Hypernyms ("slip" is a kind of...):

smoothness (a texture without roughness; smooth to the touch)


Sense 9slip [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Artifact consisting of a narrow flat piece of material

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

strip; slip

Hypernyms ("slip" is a kind of...):

artefact; artifact (a man-made object taken as a whole)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "slip"):

weather strip; weather stripping; weatherstrip; weatherstripping (a narrow strip of material to cover the joint of a door or window to exclude the cold)

tape (a long thin piece of cloth or paper as used for binding or fastening)

tab (a short strip of material attached to or projecting from something in order to facilitate opening or identifying or handling it)

stay (a thin strip of metal or bone that is used to stiffen a garment (e.g. a corset))

screed (an accurately levelled strip of material placed on a wall or floor as guide for the even application of plaster or concrete)

ribbon; typewriter ribbon (a long strip of inked material for making characters on paper with a typewriter)

mullion (a nonstructural vertical strip between the casements or panes of a window (or the panels of a screen))

lead; leading (thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing)

edge; margin (a strip near the boundary of an object)

cramp; cramp iron (a strip of metal with ends bent at right angles; used to hold masonry together)

band (a thin flat strip or loop of flexible material that goes around or over something else)

band; ring (a strip of material attached to the leg of a bird to identify it (as in studies of bird migration))

band (a thin flat strip of flexible material that is worn around the body or one of the limbs (especially to decorate the body))


Sense 10slip [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A small sheet of paper

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

slip of paper; slip

Context example:

a receipt slip

Hypernyms ("slip" is a kind of...):

piece of paper; sheet; sheet of paper (used for writing or printing)


Sense 11slip [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A woman's sleeveless undergarment

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

chemise; shimmy; teddy; shift; slip

Hypernyms ("slip" is a kind of...):

undergarment; unmentionable (a garment worn under other garments)

Meronyms (parts of "slip"):

shoulder strap; strap (a band that goes over the shoulder and supports a garment or bag)


Sense 12slip [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Bed linen consisting of a cover for a pillow

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

pillow slip; pillowcase; slip; case

Context example:

the burglar carried his loot in a pillowcase

Hypernyms ("slip" is a kind of...):

bed linen (linen or cotton articles for a bed (as sheets and pillowcases))


Sense 13slip [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An unexpected slide

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

sideslip; skid; slip

Hypernyms ("slip" is a kind of...):

coast; glide; slide (the act of moving smoothly along a surface while remaining in contact with it)


Sense 14slip [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A flight maneuver; aircraft slides sideways in the air

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

sideslip; slip

Hypernyms ("slip" is a kind of...):

airplane maneuver; flight maneuver (a maneuver executed by an aircraft)


Sense 15slip [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of avoiding capture (especially by cunning)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

eluding; elusion; slip

Hypernyms ("slip" is a kind of...):

evasion (the act of physically escaping from something (an opponent or a pursuer or an unpleasant situation) by some adroit maneuver)


SLIP (verb)


Sense 1slip [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move stealthily

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

slip; steal

Context example:

The ship slipped away in the darkness

Hypernyms (to "slip" is one way to...):

move (move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP

Also:

slip away (pass by)


Sense 2slip [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Insert inconspicuously or quickly or quietly

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

He slipped some money into the waiter's hand

Hypernyms (to "slip" is one way to...):

enclose; inclose; insert; introduce; put in; stick in (introduce)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 3slip [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move obliquely or sideways, usually in an uncontrolled manner

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

slide; slew; slue; slip; skid

Context example:

the wheels skidded against the sidewalk

Hypernyms (to "slip" is one way to...):

glide (move smoothly and effortlessly)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "slip"):

submarine (move forward or under in a sliding motion)

skid (slide without control)

side-slip (slide sideways through the air in a downward direction in an airplane along an inclined lateral axis)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s PP

Also:

slip up (make an error)


Sense 4slip [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Get worse

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

drop away; fall away; slip; drop off

Context example:

My grades are slipping

Hypernyms (to "slip" is one way to...):

decline; worsen (grow worse)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "slip"):

backslide; lapse (drop to a lower level, as in one's morals or standards)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s


Sense 5slip [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move smoothly and easily

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Hypernyms (to "slip" is one way to...):

break loose; escape; get away (run away from confinement)

Sentence frames:

Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s PP

Also:

slip away (leave furtively and stealthily)

slip by (pass by)


Sense 6slip [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To make a mistake or be incorrect

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

err; mistake; slip

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "slip"):

misremember (remember incorrectly)

slip up; stumble; trip up (make an error)

misjudge (judge incorrectly)

fall for (be deceived, duped, or entrapped by)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s

Also:

slip up (make an error)


Sense 7slip [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pass on stealthily

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

sneak; slip

Context example:

He slipped me the key when nobody was looking

Hypernyms (to "slip" is one way to...):

give; hand; pass; pass on; reach; turn over (place into the hands or custody of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody something
Somebody ----s something to somebody

Sentence examples:

They slip the food to the people
They slip the people the food


Sense 8slip [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pass out of one's memory

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

slip one's mind; slip

Hypernyms (to "slip" is one way to...):

blank out; block; draw a blank; forget (be unable to remember)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 9slip [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move out of position

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

dislocate; luxate; splay; slip

Context examples:

dislocate joints / the artificial hip joint luxated and had to be put back surgically

Hypernyms (to "slip" is one way to...):

displace; move (cause to move, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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