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  1. (ceramics) A thin, slippery mix of clay and water.
  2. (obsolete) Mud, slime.
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slip (plural slips)

  1. A twig or shoot; a cutting.
    a slip from a vine
  2. (obsolete) A descendant, a scion.
    • c. 1604–1605, William Shakespeare, “All’s VVell, that Ends VVell”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene iii]:
      a native slip to us from foreign seeds
  3. A young person (now usually with of introducing descriptive qualifier).
    She couldn't hurt a fly, young slip of a girl that she is.
  4. A long, thin piece of something.
    • ?, Alfred Tennyson, Oenone
      moonlit slips of silver cloud
  5. A small piece of paper, especially one longer than it is wide, typically a form for writing on or one giving printed information.
    a salary slip
  6. (marine insurance) A memorandum of the particulars of a risk for which a policy is to be executed. It usually bears the broker's name and is initiated by the underwriters.
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  • French: fiche
  • German: Stück Papier
  • Russian: листо́к
  • Spanish: papeleta, papelito, trozo de papel, pedazo de papel, tira de papel

slip (slips, present participle slipping; past and past participle slipped)

  1. (intransitive) To lose one’s traction on a slippery surface; to slide due to a lack of friction.
  2. (intransitive) To err.
    • Bible, Ecclesiastes 19:16
      There is one that slippeth in his speech, but not from his heart.
  3. (intransitive) To accidentally reveal a secret or otherwise say something unintentional.
  4. (intransitive) To move or fly (out of place); to shoot; often with out, off, etc.
    A bone may slip out of place.
  5. (transitive) To pass (a note, money, etc.), often covertly.
    She thanked the porter and slipped a ten-dollar bill into his hand.
  6. (transitive) To cause to move smoothly and quickly; to slide; to convey gently or secretly.
    • He tried to slip a powder into her drink.
  7. (intransitive) To move quickly and often secretively; to depart, withdraw, enter, appear, intrude, or escape as if by sliding.
    Some errors slipped into the appendix.
    • Thus one tradesman slips away, / To give his partner fairer play.
    • Thrice the flitting shadow slipped away.
    • 1883, Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island
      We slipped along the hedges, noiseless and swift […]
  8. (intransitive, figuratively) To move down; to slide.
    Profits have slipped over the past six months.
  9. (transitive, falconry) To release (a dog, a bird of prey, etc.) to go after a quarry.
    • c. 1590–1592, William Shakespeare, “The Taming of the Shrew”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene ii]:
      Lucento slipped me like his greyhound.
  10. (transitive, cooking) To remove the skin of a soft fruit, such as a tomato or peach, by blanching briefly in boiling water, then transferring to cold water so that the skin peels, or slips, off easily.
  11. (obsolete) To omit; to lose by negligence.
    • 1611, Ben Jonson, Catiline His Conspiracy
      And slip no advantage / That may secure you.
  12. To cut slips from; to cut; to take off; to make a slip or slips of.
    to slip a piece of cloth or paper
    • 1707, John Mortimer (agriculturalist), The whole Art of Husbandry
      The branches also may be slipped and planted.
  13. To cause to slip or slide off, or out of place.
    A horse slips his bridle; a dog slips his collar.
  14. To bring forth (young) prematurely; to slink.
  15. (transitive, business) To cause (a schedule or release, etc.) to go beyond the allotted deadline.
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slip (plural slips)

  1. An act or instance of slipping.
    I had a slip on the ice and bruised my hip.
  2. A woman's undergarment worn under a skirt or dress to conceal unwanted nudity that may otherwise be revealed by the skirt or dress itself; a shift.
  3. A slipdress.
  4. A mistake or error.
    a slip of the tongue
    • This good man's slip mended his pace to martyrdom.
  5. (nautical) A berth; a space for a ship to moor.
  6. (nautical) A difference between the theoretical distance traveled per revolution of the propeller and the actual advance of the vessel.
  7. (nautical) A slipway.
  8. (medicine) A one-time return to previous maladaptive behaviour after cure.
  9. (cricket) Any of several fielding positions to the off side of the wicket keeper, designed to catch the ball after being deflected from the bat; a fielder in that position (See first slip, second slip, third slip, fourth slip and fifth slip.)
  10. A number between 0 and 1 that is the difference between the angular speed of a rotating magnetic field and the angular speed of its rotor, divided by the angular speed of the magnetic field.
  11. A leash or string by which a dog is held; so called from its being made in such a manner as to slip, or become loose, by relaxation of the hand.
    • We stalked over the extensive plains with Killbuck and Lena in the slips, in search of deer.
  12. An escape; a secret or unexpected desertion.
    He gave the warden the slip and escaped from the prison.
  13. (printing, dated) A portion of the columns of a newspaper etc. struck off by itself; a proof from a column of type when set up and in the galley.
  14. (dated) A child's pinafore.
  15. An outside covering or case.
    a pillow slip
    the slip or sheath of a sword
  16. (obsolete) A counterfeit piece of money, made from brass covered with silver.
  17. Matter found in troughs of grindstones after the grinding of edge tools.
  18. (ceramics) An aqueous suspension of minerals, usually clay, used, among other things, to stick workpieces together.
  19. A particular quantity of yarn.
  20. (UK, dated) A narrow passage between buildings.
  21. (US) A long seat or narrow pew in churches, often without a door.
  22. (mining) A dislocation of a lead, destroying continuity.
  23. (engineering) The motion of the centre of resistance of the float of a paddle wheel, or the blade of an oar, through the water horizontally, or the difference between a vessel's actual speed and the speed it would have if the propelling instrument acted upon a solid; also, the velocity, relatively to still water, of the backward current of water produced by the propeller.
  24. (electrical) The difference between the actual and synchronous speeds of an induction motor.
  25. A fish, the sole.
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