crop

noun
\ ˈkräp How to pronounce crop (audio) \

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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Synonyms for crop

Synonyms: Noun

harvest

Synonyms: Verb

cultivate, culture, dress, grow, promote, raise, rear, tend

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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

Francis will also reach out to Mozambicans affected by back-to-back cyclones that ripped into the country earlier this year, leaving more than 650 people dead and destroying vast swaths of crops on the eve of harvest. Washington Post, "Pope makes strategic visit to Mozambique after peace deal," 4 Sep. 2019 And that means a diversity of crops rather than a singular emphasis on grapevines. Dave Mcintyre | Special To The Washington Post, oregonlive, "Oregon winemaker challenges efforts to make vineyards more sustainable," 3 Sep. 2019 The other 25% is made up of specialty crops such as millet, oats, peaches and oil-producing sunflowers. Nic Garcia, The Denver Post, "Colorado farmers and ranchers have a beef with Gov. Jared Polis," 2 Sep. 2019 In Southern Africa, many innovative farmers grow a mix of crops in their fields, which helps insure them against any one of them failing and provides their families a diverse and healthier diet. Timothy A. Wise, WIRED, "Big Ag Is Sabotaging Progress on Climate Change," 28 Aug. 2019 The roster is stacked, a result of bumper crops coming from the 2016 and ’17 drafts, with promising ’18 and ’19 classes behind them. Albert Breer, SI.com, "32 Notes From 32 NFL Training Camps," 22 Aug. 2019 About how the enslaved brought with them from Africa so many of the crops now considered Southern staples: peanuts, watermelon, okra, sorghum, countless varieties of rice. Hilary Cadigan, Bon Appétit, "People Say Gullah Geechee Culture is Disappearing. BJ Dennis Says They're Wrong," 14 Aug. 2019 In particular, the report is cautious about the potential implications of bioenergy crops grown at large scales. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "To Halt Warming and Ensure Food Supplies, Land-Use Practices Must Change," 8 Aug. 2019 Higher atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide will lower the nutritional quality of crops. Carolyn Kormann, The New Yorker, "Deforestation, Agriculture, and Diet Are Fuelling the Climate Crisis," 8 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Some observers, seeing her lean 5-foot-11 frame and short cropped hair, mistook her for a man. New York Times, "Althea Gibson, Tennis Star Ahead of Her Time, Finally Gets Her Due," 26 Aug. 2019 Additional problems cropped up last year when the DMV admitted to tens of thousands of errors in the rollout of its new voter registration system — p eople were unknowingly registered to vote or mistakes were made in their registration status. Los Angeles Times, "Can a Silicon Valley entrepreneur fix California’s troubled DMV? Newsom is banking on it," 25 Aug. 2019 Additional problems cropped up last year when the DMV admitted to tens of thousands of errors in the rollout of its new voter registration system — p eople were unknowingly registered to vote or mistakes were made in their registration status. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Can a Silicon Valley entrepreneur fix California’s troubled DMV? Newsom is banking on it," 25 Aug. 2019 However, the latest interpretations—or even old faithful styles from brands like Dansko or Hasbeens—make for an eye-catching juxtaposition to fall’s flowing midi skirts or an otherwise streamlined cropped trouser ensemble. Glamour, "Ready or Not: You’re Going to See a Lot of Clogs This Fall," 22 Aug. 2019 Erin herself hardly ever makes an appearance, but the same subjects crop up again and again. Eryn Loeb, Longreads, "When Friendship Fades But the Images Linger," 9 Aug. 2019 The Washington Post reports that scam pages have also cropped up on Twitter and YouTube, and last month The Next Web reported on a scam site that had registered the Calìbra.com (note the special character) domain. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Libra scams are already proliferating on Facebook," 23 July 2019 Sold in 2016 for $87,500, the jacket is a borrowed from the boys cropped tuxedo with a rockabilly air. Vogue, "What Desperately Seeking Susan Got Right About Fashion," 20 Aug. 2019 While juror misconduct has cropped up from time to time, from big murder cases like O.J. Simpson and Scott Peterson to a deadly highway shooting that went to trial in Alameda County last fall, finding jurors in contempt would be highly unusual. Angela Ruggiero, The Mercury News, "Ghost Ship trial: How often are trials upended by juror misconduct?," 20 Aug. 2019

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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 and Verb

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

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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 How to pronounce crop (audio) \

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 How to pronounce crop (audio) \

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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