crop

noun
\ˈkräp \

Definition of crop 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a pouched enlargement of the esophagus of many birds that serves as a receptacle for food and for its preliminary maceration also : an enlargement of the digestive tract of another animal (such as an insect)

2a(1) : a plant or animal or plant or animal product that can be grown and harvested extensively for profit or subsistence an apple crop a crop of wool

(2) : the total yearly production from a specified area

b : the product or yield of something formed together the ice crop

c : a batch or lot of something produced during a particular cycle the current crop of films

d : collection a crop of lies

3 : the stock or handle of a whip also : a riding whip with a short straight stock and a loop

4 [ 2crop ]

a : the part of the chine of a quadruped (such as a domestic cow) lying immediately behind the withers usually used in plural — see cow illustration

b : an earmark on an animal especially : one made by a straight cut squarely removing the upper part of the ear

c : a close cut of the hair He has a thick crop of hair.

crop

verb
cropped; cropping

Definition of crop (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to remove the upper or outer parts of crop a hedge crop a dog's ears

b : harvest crop trout

c : to cut off short : trim crop a photograph

2 : to cause (land) to bear a crop planned to crop another 40 acres also : to grow as a crop

intransitive verb

1 : to feed by cropping something

2 : to yield or make a crop

3 : to appear unexpectedly or casually Problems crop up daily.

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Examples of crop in a Sentence

Noun

Tobacco is their main crop. They sprayed the crops with a pesticide. The teachers got ready for a new crop of students. a new crop of horror movies

Verb

The picture was cropped badly. We had to crop the image to fit it into the frame. Her hair was cropped short.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The island resort is just one of a crop of new women-only spaces hoping to bring a sea-change in the way women network. The Economist, "Women-only clubs get a makeover," 28 June 2018 The rankings can serve as a handy evidence-based tool to narrow down the cream of the crop in public education. Fernando Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "The best high schools in the Houston-area for 2018," 13 June 2018 In Mendocino County alone, as many as 75 percent of residents in some remote areas are marijuana growers, and only about 10 percent of the crop is being grown legally. Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, "Illegal pot grows spread deadly pesticides, other hazards, despite change in law," 29 May 2018 Last summer, the little Udin farm met its match: Deer moseyed over and devoured most of the crop. New York Times, "How Hard Can It Be to Grow a Garden?," 25 May 2018 But though that’s the charge Shugart is issuing, the truth is that a lot of this crop came to the table already angling to get into the political discourse. Elizabeth Kiefer, Glamour, "In 2018, Miss USA Is Still a Beauty Pageant—But Not the One It Used to Be," 21 May 2018 China buys 60 percent of all U.S. soybean exports, and growers of the crop could be pressed hard if the administration cannot cut a deal with Beijing. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump supporters suffer unintended consequences of his policies," 15 May 2018 McGlinchey is the cream of the crop, but he’ll be long gone. 24. Paul Domowitch, Philly.com, "Paul Domowitch's NFL mock draft," 23 Apr. 2018 The quality of the crop can be enhanced with fertilizer, which will determine its selling price. Nicole Clark, The Cut, "The Video Game That Got Me Through My Long-Distance Relationship," 18 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Meghan changed her getup, this time sporting a custom cropped black Givenchy double-breasted blazer with ankle length pants and black Sarah Flint Perfect Pumps along with a Givenchy black buckle belt and frame bag. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "All the details on Duchess Meghan's week of flawless fashion," 12 July 2018 In predictable crime-show fashion, there are plenty of maimed and murdered female bodies on this show, both those that crop up in Camille’s memories and those discovered in the present day. Anna Silman, The Cut, "Sharp Objects," 11 July 2018 These are safety issues that cropped up in the first Duchenne boy treated with Solid Biosciences’ gene therapy. Adam Feuerstein, STAT, "With tantalizing early results, Sarepta’s gene therapy for Duchenne raises hopes for ‘real change’," 19 June 2018 But this wasn’t one of the typical protests that crop up on Pennsylvania Avenue. NBC News, "This man is running Russia's newest propaganda effort in the U.S. — or at least he's trying to," 15 June 2018 Because the animals were genetically the same at the start, any differences in their bodies and behavior that cropped up later should be a result of lifestyle. Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times, "Do Fathers Who Exercise Have Smarter Babies?," 9 May 2018 And like most of the Korean film directors who crop up in Hong's playfully self-reflexive movies, So is a font of friendly, charming conversation but will eventually reveal himself to be a drunken, pathetic lout. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Isabelle Huppert's Cannes vacation in director Hong Sang-soo's 'Claire's Camera'," 29 Mar. 2018 Harford’s behavior shows how new workplace problems continue to crop up at Uber amid scrutiny of whether its corporate culture is changing. Mike Isaac, BostonGlobe.com, "At Uber, new questions arise about executive behavior," 14 July 2018 In areas where problems seem to be cropping up, Fern said the municipality will send blanket mailers to residents reminding them of the rules. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Biologists say trash bears in Eagle River will be killed — but people are the problem," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of crop

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for crop

Noun

Middle English, craw, head of a plant, yield of a field, from Old English cropp craw, head of a plant; akin to Old High German kropf goiter, craw

Verb

see crop entry 1

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crop

noun

English Language Learners Definition of crop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a plant or plant product that is grown by farmers

: the amount of a crop that is gathered at one time or in one season

: a group of people who begin to do something at the same time

crop

verb

English Language Learners Definition of crop (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cut off the upper or outer parts of (something)

: to cut off part of (a picture or photograph)

: to cut (someone's hair) short

crop

noun
\ˈkräp \

Kids Definition of crop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a plant or plant product that is grown and harvested Corn is their main crop.

2 : the amount gathered or harvested : harvest a crop of wheat

3 : a short riding whip

4 : an enlargement just above the stomach of a bird or insect in which food is temporarily stored

5 : batch sense 2, lot There is a new crop of movies out.

6 : a close cut of the hair

crop

verb
cropped; cropping

Kids Definition of crop (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to remove (as by cutting or biting) the upper or outer parts of : trim

2 : to grow or yield a crop (as of grain) : cause (land) to bear a crop

crop up

: to come or appear when not expected Problems crop up daily.

crop

noun
\ˈkräp \

Medical Definition of crop 

: a pouched enlargement of the gullet of many birds that serves as a receptacle for food and for its preliminary maceration

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