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noun, often attributive \ˈdräp\

Simple Definition of drop

  • : a very small amount of liquid that falls in a rounded shape

  • : a small amount of a drink

  • : a small amount of something (such as a quality)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of drop

  1. 1 a (1) :  the quantity of fluid that falls in one spherical mass (2) plural :  a dose of medicine measured by drops <eye drops for dilating the pupil of the eye> b :  a minute quantity or degree of something nonmaterial or intangible c :  a small quantity of drink d :  the smallest practical unit of liquid measure

  2. 2 :  something that resembles a liquid drop: as a :  a pendent ornament attached to a piece of jewelry; also :  an earring with such a pendant b :  a small globular cookie or candy

  3. 3 [2drop] a :  the act or an instance of dropping :  fall b :  a decline in quantity or quality c :  a descent by parachute; also :  the people or equipment dropped by parachute d :  a place or central depository to which something (as mail, money, or stolen property) is brought for distribution or transmission; also :  the act of depositing something at such a place <made the drop>

  4. 4 a :  the distance from a higher to a lower level or through which something drops b :  a decrease in electric potential

  5. 5 :  a slot into which something is to be dropped

  6. 6 [2drop] :  something that drops, hangs, or falls: as a :  a movable plate that covers the keyhole of a lock b :  an unframed piece of cloth stage scenery; also :  drop curtain c :  a hinged platform on a gallows d :  a fallen fruit

  7. 7 :  the advantage of having an opponent covered with a firearm; broadly :  advantage, superiority —usually used in the phrase get the drop on

  8. 8 :  a move back from the line of scrimmage (as in preparation for making a forward pass) <a quick drop>

at the drop of a hat

  1. :  as soon as the slightest provocation is given :  immediately

drop in the bucket

  1. :  a part so small as to be negligible

Examples of drop in a sentence

  1. He squeezed the bottle until a few drops came out.

  2. She doesn't have a single drop of selfishness in her.

  3. The poet wrings the last drop of meaning from every word.

Origin and Etymology of drop

Middle English, from Old English dropa; akin to Old High German tropfo drop

First Known Use: before 12th century




Simple Definition of drop

  • : to let (something) fall

  • : to fall

  • : to lie down or fall down suddenly

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of drop



  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to fall in drops

  3. 2 a (1) :  to fall unexpectedly or suddenly (2) :  to descend from one line or level to another b :  to fall in a state of collapse or death c of a card :  to become played by reason of the obligation to follow suit d of a ball :  to fall or roll into a hole or basket

  4. 3 :  to enter or pass as if without conscious effort of will into some state, condition, or activity <dropped into sleep>

  5. 4 a :  to cease to be of concern :  lapse <let the matter drop> b :  to pass from view or notice :  disappear —often used with out <drop out of sight> c :  to become less <production dropped> —often used with off

  6. 5 :  to move with a favoring wind or current —usually used with down

  7. transitive verb
  8. 1 :  to let fall :  cause to fall

  9. 2 a :  give up 2, abandon <drop an idea> <drop the charges> b :  discontinue <dropped what she was doing> c :  to break off an association or connection with :  dismiss <drop a failing student>

  10. 3 a :  to utter or mention in a casual way <drop a suggestion> <drop names> b :  write <drop us a line soon>

  11. 4 a :  to lower or cause to descend from one level or position to another b :  to cause to lessen or decrease :  reduce <dropped his speed>

  12. 5 of an animal :  to give birth to

  13. 6 a :  lose <dropped three games> <dropped $50 in a poker game> b :  spend <drop $20 for lunch> c :  to get rid of <dropped 20 pounds>

  14. 7 a :  to bring down with a shot or a blow b :  to cause (a high card) to fall c :  to toss or roll into a hole or basket <drop a putt>

  15. 8 a :  to deposit or deliver during a usually brief stop —usually used with off <drop the kids off at school> b :  air-drop

  16. 9 :  to cause (the voice) to be less loud

  17. 10 a :  to leave (a letter representing a speech sound) unsounded <drop the g in running> b :  to leave out in writing :  omit

  18. 11 :  to draw from an external point <drop a perpendicular to the line>

  19. 12 :  to take (a drug) orally :  swallow <drop acid>


play \ˈdrä-pə-bəl\ adjective

drop a dime

  1. :  to inform authorities (as police) of another's wrongdoing

drop behind

  1. :  to fail to keep up

drop the ball

  1. :  to make a mistake especially by failing to take timely, effective, or proper action

Examples of drop in a sentence

  1. Be careful not to drop the chair on your foot.

  2. She dropped the apple core into the trash can.

  3. They dropped bombs on the city.

  4. He dropped the vase and it shattered into pieces.

  5. The player dropped the ball.

  6. The pen rolled to the edge of the table and dropped to the floor.

  7. The book dropped from my hand.

  8. The ball dropped between the right and center fielders.

  9. She was so tired she felt she would drop.

  10. He worked until he dropped.

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of drop

before 12th century

DROP Defined for Kids



noun \ˈdräp\

Definition of drop for Students

  1. 1 :  a small amount of liquid that falls in a rounded shape

  2. 2 drops plural :  liquid medicine measured by drops <ear drops>

  3. 3 :  something (as a small round candy) that is shaped like a liquid drop

  4. 4 :  a small amount <I'll have just a drop of tea.>

  5. 5 :  the distance of a fall <a 20-foot drop>

  6. 6 :  a decrease in amount or quality <a drop in sales>

  7. 7 :  an act of delivering something :  a place where something is left to be picked up <a mail drop>




Definition of drop for Students



  1. 1 :  to fall or let fall often by accident <I dropped my ice cream cone!>

  2. 2 :  to go down suddenly <The cliff drops straight down.>

  3. 3 :  to go or make lower <The temperature dropped.> <He dropped his voice.>

  4. 4 :  to become less or make less <Business has dropped.>

  5. 5 :  lose 5

  6. 6 :  disappear 1 <They dropped out of sight.>

  7. 7 :  to stop or let end <Let the matter drop.>

  8. 8 :  quit <Don't drop out of school.>

  9. 9 :  to make a brief visit <We dropped in on a friend.>

  10. 10 :  to deliver with a quick stop <Mom dropped us off at school.>

  11. 11 :  send 1 <Drop me a note.>

drop off

  1. :  to fall asleep

Medical Dictionary



noun \ˈdräp\

Medical Definition of drop

  1. 1a:  the quantity of fluid that falls in one spherical massbdrops plural :  a dose of medicine measured by drops <eye drops for dilating the pupil of the eye>

  2. 2:  the smallest practical unit of liquid measure that varies in size according to the specific gravity and viscosity of the liquid and to the conditions under which it is formed—compare minim




Medical Definition of drop




  1. intransitive verb

  2. :  to fall in drops

  3. 1

  4. transitive verb

  5. of an animal :  to give birth to <lambs dropped in June>

  6. 2:  to take (a drug) orally <drop acid>

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