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As nouns the difference between idea and tip

is that idea is (philosophy) an abstract archetype of a given thing, compared to which real-life examples are seen as imperfect approximations; pure essence, as opposed to actual examples while tip is type.



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  • (philosophy) An abstract archetype of a given thing, compared to which real-life examples are seen as imperfect approximations; pure essence, as opposed to actual examples.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-10-19, volume=409, issue=8858, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Trouble at the lab , passage=The idea that the same experiments always get the same results, no matter who performs them, is one of the cornerstones of science’s claim to objective truth. If a systematic campaign of replication does not lead to the same results, then either the original research is flawed (as the replicators claim) or the replications are (as many of the original researchers on priming contend). Either way, something is awry.}}
  • (obsolete) The conception of someone or something as representing a perfect example; an ideal.
  • (obsolete) The form or shape of something; a quintessential aspect or characteristic.
  • *, II.6:
  • The remembrance whereof (which yet I beare deepely imprinted in my minde) representing me her visage and Idea so lively and so naturally, doth in some sort reconcile me unto her.
  • An image of an object that is formed in the mind or recalled by the memory.
  • More generally, any result of mental activity; a thought, a notion; a way of thinking.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=3 , passage=Now all this was very fine, but not at all in keeping with the Celebrity's character as I had come to conceive it. The idea that adulation ever cloyed on him was ludicrous in itself. In fact I thought the whole story fishy, and came very near to saying so.}}
  • * 1952 , (Alfred Whitney Griswold)
  • Ideas won't go to jail.
  • A conception in the mind of something to be done; a plan for doing something, an (l).
  • * , chapter=3
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=My hopes wa'n't disappointed. I never saw clams thicker than they was along them inshore flats. I filled my dreener in no time, and then it come to me that 'twouldn't be a bad idee to get a lot more, take 'em with me to Wellmouth, and peddle 'em out. Clams was fairly scarce over that side of the bay and ought to fetch a fair price.}}
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-01, volume=407, issue=8838, page=71, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= End of the peer show , passage=Finance is seldom romantic. But the idea of peer-to-peer lending comes close. This is an industry that brings together individual savers and lenders on online platforms. Those that want to borrow are matched with those that want to lend.}}
  • A vague or fanciful (l); a feeling or hunch; an impression.
  • (music) A musical theme or melodic subject.
  • Synonyms

    * image


    * Japanese: (aidia)

    Derived terms

    * bad idea * good idea * idea'd * idea man * it seemed like a good idea at the time * idea monger * idea of reference * idea pot * life-idea * memory-idea * mother-idea * no idea * one-idea * received idea * sense-idea * simple idea * the very idea




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    Etymology 1

    Circa 1225. Not recorded in Old English or Old Norse, but apparently cognate with Dutch tip, East Frisian tip, Danish tip, Swedish tipp. Perhaps cognate with Old English . Compare Albanian .


    (en noun)
  • The extreme end of something, especially when pointed; e.g. the sharp end of a pencil.
  • * 1848 , (Anne Bronte), The Tenant of Wildfell Hall :
  • When he woke up, about half an hour after, he called it to him again, but Dash only looked sheepish and wagged the tip of his tail.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-08, volume=407, issue=8839, page=52, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= The new masters and commanders , passage=From the ground, Colombo’s port does not look like much.
  • A piece of metal, fabric or other material used to cover the top of something for protection, utility or decoration.
  • (music) The end of a bow of a stringed instrument that is not held.
  • A piece of stiffened lining pasted on the inside of a hat crown.
  • A thin, boarded brush made of camel's hair, used by gilders in lifting gold leaf.
  • Rubbish thrown from a quarry.
  • (Webster 1913)
    *(extreme end of something) extremity


  • To provide with a tip; to cover the tip of.
  • * 1598 , William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing , Act V:
  • I thinke he thinkes vpon the sauage bull: / Tush, feare not man, wee'll tip thy hornes with gold, / And all Europa shall reioyce at thee [...].
  • * Hudibras
  • truncheon tipped with iron head
  • * Thomson
  • Tipped with jet, / Fair ermines spotless as the snows they press.

    Etymology 2

    Possibly from Scandinavian, or a special use of Etymology 1.


  • To knock over; to make fall down, to overturn.
  • To fall over.
  • To be, or come to be, in a tilted or sloping position; to become unbalanced.
  • * 1851 , Herman Melville, Moby-Dick :
  • the brief suspended agony of the boat, as it would tip for an instant on the knife-like edge of the sharper waves, that almost seemed threatening to cut it in two [...].
  • (transitive, slang, dated) To drink.
  • To dump (refuse).
  • (US) To pour a libation, particularly from a forty of malt liquor.
  • * 1993 , ”:
  • I tip my 40 to your memory.
  • To deflect with one?s fingers, especially one?s fingertips
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=September 28 , author=Jon Smith , title=Valencia 1 - 1 Chelsea , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=Lampard was replaced by Kalou but the substitute immediately gave the ball to Jonas, whose 25-yard curler was tipped wide by Cech.}}
    Derived terms
    * tip off * tip one's hand * tip one's hat * tippable


    (en noun)
  • (skittles, obsolete) The knocking over of a skittle.
  • An act of tipping up or tilting.
  • (UK, Australia, New Zealand) An area or a place for dumping something, such as rubbish or refuse, as from a mine; a heap (see tipple ); a dump.
  • * 1972 May 18, Jon Tinker, Must we waste rubbish?'', '' , page 389,
  • As the tip slowly squashes under its own weight, bacteria rot away the organic matter, mainly anaerobically with the generation of methane.
  • * 2009 , Donna Kelly, 'Don't dump on Hepburn's top tip'], [http://www.hepburnadvocate.com.au/, The Hepburn Advocate, Fairfax Digital
  • When I was a kid I used to love going to the tip .
  • * 2009 , Rother District Council, Rother District Council Website
  • There are two rubbish tip s in Rother.
  • * 2009 , Beck Vass, 'Computer collectibles saved from the tip' The New Zealand Herald, Technology section, APN Holdings NZ Ltd
  • Computer collectibles saved from the tip
  • (UK, Australia, New Zealand, by extension) A recycling centre.
  • (colloquial) A very untidy place.
  • The act of deflecting with one's fingers, especially the fingertips
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=October 1 , author=Phil McNulty , title=Everton 0 - 2 Liverpool , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=As a frenetic opening continued, Cahill - whose robust approach had already prompted Jamie Carragher to register his displeasure to Atkinson - rose above the Liverpool defence to force keeper Pepe Reina into an athletic tip over the top.}}

    Etymology 3

    Of uncertain origin; apparently cognate with (etyl) tippen, (etyl) tippen, (etyl) tippa.


  • * Jonathan Swift
  • A third rogue tips me by the elbow.


  • Etymology 4

    Originally thieves' slang, of uncertain orign.


  • To give a small gratuity to, especially to an employee of someone who provides a service.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1922, author=(Ben Travers), title=(A Cuckoo in the Nest)
  • , chapter=2 citation , passage=Mother
  • Derived terms
    * tipper * tipping


    (en noun)
  • A gratuity; a small amount of money left for a bartender, waiter, taxi driver or other servant as a token of appreciation.
  • * 1897 , Bram Stoker, Dracula :
  • A half crown tip put the deputy's knowledge at my disposal, and I learned that Mr. Bloxam [...] had left for his work at five o'clock that morning.
    * cumshaw * baksheesh

    Etymology 5

    Probably from , or a combination of the two.


    (en noun)
  • A piece of private or secret information, especially imparted by someone with expert knowledge about sporting odds, business performance etc.
  • A piece of advice.
  • Derived terms
    * hot tip * stock tip * tip-off * tip sheet * tipster
    * German: (l)


  • To give a piece of private information to; to inform (someone) of a clue, secret knowledge, etc.
  • Derived terms
    * tip off

    Etymology 6


    (en noun)
  • (AAVE) A kick or phase; one's current habits or behaviour.
  • (AAVE) A particular arena or sphere of interest; a front.
  • Anagrams

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