October 10, 2017
Learner's Word of the Day
dribble /ˈdrɪbəl/ verb

dribbles; dribbled; dribbling

The kids are dribbling basketballs.
The kids are dribbling basketballs.
Learner's definition of DRIBBLE

1 always followed by an adverb or preposition

a [no object] : to fall or flow in small drops

  • Coffee dribbled [=trickled] down the side of the mug.

  • Juice dribbled down his chin.

b [+ object] : to let (a liquid) fall in small drops

  • She accidentally dribbled wine onto the rug.

  • Dribble olive oil over the warm bread before serving.

2 [no object] : to let saliva or another liquid drip or trickle from your mouth

  • The baby dribbled [=drooled] down the back of her dad's shirt.

3 : to move a ball or puck forward by tapping, bouncing, or kicking it

[no object]

  • She dribbled across the basketball court.

[+ object]

  • He skillfully dribbled the soccer ball towards the goal.

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