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English definition of “dribble”

dribble

verb  /ˈdrɪb·əl/ us  

dribble verb (MOVE SLOWLY)

[I] to move or happen slowly in small amounts or a few at a time: Customers dribbled in and out all day. [I] When a liquid dribbles, it escapes slowly in small drops: Juice dribbled down the baby’s chin.

dribble verb (MOVE BALL)

[I/T] in basketball, to move a ball by using your hand to bounce it against the ground, or in soccer by kicking it repeatedly

dribble

noun [C]  /ˈdrɪb·əl/ us  

dribble noun [C] (SMALL FLOW)

a small flow, esp. of liquid: Water leaked from the tank in dribbles.

dribble noun [C] (MOVING A BALL)

in basketball or soccer, the act of moving a ball by bouncing or kicking it: He took one dribble and then passed the ball.
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