(biology) Any of many aquatic photosynthetic organisms, whose size ranges from a single cell to giant kelps and whose form is very diverse; some are eukaryotic and some prokaryotic; includes the seaweeds.
* (term) is a non-standard plural.
(etyl) slype, of uncertain origin.
(obsolete) Mud, slime.
(ceramics) A thin, slippery mix of clay and water.
Probably from (etyl) slippe or (etyl) slippe. Compare Dutch slip, German Schlippe.
A twig or shoot; a cutting.
(obsolete) A descendant, a scion.
- a slip from a vine
A young person (now usually with (of) introducing descriptive qualifier).
- a native slip to us from foreign seeds
A long, thin piece of something.
- She couldn't hurt a fly, young slip of a girl that she is.
A small piece of paper, especially one longer than it is wide.
- moonlit slips of silver cloud
* pink slip
* sales slip
Apparently from (etyl) slippen (Dutch slippen, German ).
To lose one's traction on a slippery surface; to slide due to a lack of friction.
, date=May 9
, author=Jonathan Wilson
, title=Europa League: Radamel Falcao's Atlético Madrid rout Athletic Bilbao
, work=the Guardian
, passage=Fernando Amorebieta seemed to have checked him, but a stepover created a fraction of room that became significant as the defender slipped
, giving Falcao just enough space to curl a superb finish into the top corner.}}
* Bible, Eccl. xix. 16
To move or fly (out of place); to shoot; often with out'', ''off , etc.
- There is one that slippeth in his speech, but not from his heart.
To pass (a note, money, etc.) often covertly.
- A bone may slip out of place.
To cause to move smoothly and quickly; to slide; to convey gently or secretly.
- She thanked the porter and slipped a ten-dollar bill into his hand.
To move quickly and often secretively; to depart, withdraw, enter, appear, intrude, or escape as if by sliding.
- He tried to slip a powder into her drink.
- Some errors slipped into the appendix.
- Thus one tradesman slips away, / To give his partner fairer play.
* 1883 ,
- Thrice the flitting shadow slipped away.
(figuratively) To move down; to slide.
- We slipped along the hedges, noiseless and swift
- Profits have slipped over the past six months.
, date=December 28
, author=Marc Vesty
, title=Stoke 0 - 2 Fulham
, passage=The Cottagers had previously gone eight games without a win and had slipped
into the relegation zone over Christmas, with boss Hughes criticised by fans after their 3-1 home defeat by fellow basement battlers West Ham on Boxing Day.}}
(falconry) To release (a dog, a bird of prey, etc.) to go after a quarry.
(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.
(obsolete) To omit; to lose by negligence.
* Ben Jonson
- Lucento slipped me like his greyhound.
To cut slips from; to cut; to take off; to make a slip or slips of.
- And slip no advantage / That may secure you.
- to slip a piece of cloth or paper
To cause to slip or slide off, or out of place.
- The branches also may be slipped and planted.
To bring forth (young) prematurely; to slink.
- A horse slips''' his bridle; a dog '''slips his collar.
An act or instance of slipping.
A women's undergarment worn under a skirt or dress; a shift.
A mistake or error.
- I had a slip on the ice and bruised my hip.
- a slip of the tongue
(nautical) A berth; a space for a ship to moor.
(nautical) A difference between the theoretical distance traveled per revolution of the propeller and the actual advance of the vessel.
(medicine) A one-time return to previous maladaptive behaviour after cure.
(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.)
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.
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.
* Sir S. Baker
- This good man's slip mended his pace to martyrdom.
An escape; a secret or unexpected desertion.
- We stalked over the extensive plains with Killbuck and Lena in the slips , in search of deer.
- He gave the warden the slip and escaped from the prison.
(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.
(dated) A child's pinafore.
An outside covering or case.
- a pillow slip
(obsolete) A counterfeit piece of money, made from brass covered with silver.
- the slip or sheath of a sword
Matter found in troughs of grindstones after the grinding of edge tools.
A particular quantity of yarn.
(UK, dated) A narrow passage between buildings.
(US) A long seat or narrow pew in churches, often without a door.
(mining) A dislocation of a lead, destroying continuity.
(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.
A fish, the sole.
* (a mistake) blooper, blunder, boo-boo, defect, error, fault, faux pas, fluff, gaffe, lapse, mistake, stumble, thinko
* (return to previous behaviour) lapse
* (undergarment) full slip, waist slip