Definition of drip feed in English:

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drip feed

Pronunciation: /ˈdrip ˌfēd/


1A device for introducing fluid drop by drop into a system, e.g., lubricating oil into an engine.
Example sentences
  • This is often used by bikes which have a drip feed to the chains.
  • This self-watering plant pot's main feature is a medical drip feed.
1.1 Medicine A device that passes fluid, nutrients, or drugs drop by drop into a patient’s body on a continuous basis, usually intravenously: he had been on a drip feed for several days
More example sentences
  • A slow intravenous drip feed of diazepam over 90 minutes had the desired effect.
  • I was not able to argue with them when told that, for medical reasons, the baby had to be put on a drip feed.
  • This time she was put on a drip feed because she was not in a position to argue against it.


(drip-feed) [with object]
1Introduce (fluid) drop by drop: the oiler drip-feeds oil onto all drive chains
More example sentences
  • Those that can't cope without water are drip-fed via a computer irrigation system.
  • Her mother then tries to drip feed her with a syringe, but she won't take the liquid.
  • You could, instead of using a tube, you could have a nurse stand over Terri and drip feed food down her throat.
1.1Supply (a patient) with fluid, nutrients, or drugs through a drip feed.
Example sentences
  • That was a sensible price for what is an interesting, but very early stage, company whose second big product - a syringe pump, able to drip-feed drugs into the body over long periods - is even more exciting.
  • For four-and-a-half years he wore a tiny backpack at all times, being drip-fed vital drugs into his heart every four minutes to keep him alive.
  • Every five days he is taken to hospital to be drip-fed.

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