Word: baptw

Pronounce: bap'-to

Strongs Number: G911

Orig: a primary verb; to whelm, i.e. cover wholly with a fluid; in the New Testament only in a qualified or special sense, i.e. (literally) to moisten (a part of one's person), or (by implication) to stain (as with dye):--dip.

Use: TDNT-1:529,92 Verb

Heb Strong: H935 H2881 H4272 H6647

    1) to dip, dip in, immerse
    2) to dip into dye, to dye, colour
    Not to be confused with G907 , baptizo. The clearest example that shows the meaning of baptizo is a text from the Greek poet and physician Nicander, who lived about 200 B.C. It is a recipe for making pickles and is helpful because it uses both words. Nicander says that in order to make a pickle, the vegetable should first be 'dipped' (bapto) into boiling water and then 'baptised' (baptizo) in the vinegar solution. Both verbs concern the immersing of vegetables in a solution. But the first is temporary. The second, the act of baptising the vegetable, produces a permanent change.