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 for Dip of the needle
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dip \Dip\, n.
     1. The action of dipping or plunging for a moment into a
        liquid. "The dip of oars in unison." --Glover.
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     2. Inclination downward; direction below a horizontal line;
        slope; pitch.
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     3. a hollow or depression in a surface, especially in the
     4. A liquid, as a sauce or gravy, served at table with a
        ladle or spoon. [Local, U.S.] --Bartlett.
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     5. A dipped candle. [Colloq.] --Marryat.
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     6. A gymnastic exercise on the parallel bars in which the
        performer, resting on his hands, lets his arms bend and
        his body sink until his chin is level with the bars, and
        then raises himself by straightening his arms.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
     7. In the turpentine industry, the viscid exudation, which is
        dipped out from incisions in the trees; as, virgin dip
        (the runnings of the first year), yellow dip (the runnings
        of subsequent years).
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
     8. (A["e]ronautics) A sudden drop followed by a climb,
        usually to avoid obstacles or as the result of getting
        into an airhole.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
     9. a liquid, in which objects are soaked by dipping; e.g., a
        parasiticide or insecticide solution into which animals
        are dipped (see sheep-dip).
     10. a sauce into which foods are dipped to enhance the
         flavor; e. g., an onion dip made from sour cream and
         dried onions, into which potato chips are dipped.
     11. a pickpocket. [slang]
     Dip of the horizon (Astron.), the angular depression of the
        seen or visible horizon below the true or natural horizon;
        the angle at the eye of an observer between a horizontal
        line and a tangent drawn from the eye to the surface of
        the ocean.
     Dip of the needle, or Magnetic dip, the angle formed, in
        a vertical plane, by a freely suspended magnetic needle,
        or the line of magnetic force, with a horizontal line; --
        called also inclination.
     Dip of a stratum (Geol.), its greatest angle of inclination
        to the horizon, or that of a line perpendicular to its
        direction or strike; -- called also the pitch.
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