v. drib·bled, drib·bling, drib·bles
1. To flow or fall in drops or an unsteady stream; trickle: Water dribbled from the leaky faucet.
2. To let saliva drip from the mouth; drool.
a. To move a ball or puck by repeated light bounces or kicks, as in basketball or soccer.
b. To advance by dribbling: dribbled down the court.
1. To let flow or fall in drops or an unsteady stream.
a. To move (a ball or puck) by dribbling.
b. To hit (a baseball, for example) so that it bounces slowly and low to the ground.
1. A weak, unsteady stream; a trickle.
2. A small quantity; a bit.
3. Sports The act of dribbling a ball.
[Frequentative of obsolete drib, alteration of DRIP.]
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