late 14c., as a type of diving bird, agent noun from dip (v.). As a ladle or long-handled utensil for drawing liquid, from 1783, chiefly American English. As the popular U.S. name for the asterism known in Britain as The Plough or Charles' Wain, attested by 1833.
1. The Big Dipper is not by itself a constellation.
2. She tilted the dipper , drew a deep breath and drank swiftly.
3. She took the wet gourd dipper from him, her nostrils wrinkling in distaste at the reek.
4. See if you can find the Big Dipper and the Little Dipper.
5. It is China's fourth Beidou ( Big Dipper ) navigation experimental satellite in orbit.