drop

noun, often attributive
\ ˈdräp How to pronounce drop (audio) \

Definition of drop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : the quantity of fluid that falls in one spherical mass a drop of rain
(2) drops 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 not a drop of meanness in her
c : a small quantity of drink hasn't touched a drop of alcohol in three years
d : the smallest practical unit of liquid measure
2 : something that resembles a liquid drop: such 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 sucking on lemon drops
3 [drop entry 2]
a : the act or an instance of dropping : fall a sudden, short drop in an elevator
b : a decline in quantity or quality His income took a sudden drop. a drop in demand
c : a descent by parachute also : the people or equipment dropped by parachute expecting another drop this week
d : a place or central depository to which something (such as mail, money, or stolen property) is brought for distribution or transmission left the package at the drop also : the act of depositing something at such a place made the drop
4a : the distance from a higher to a lower level or through which something drops It's a twenty-foot drop from the top of the fence. a steep drop
b electrical engineering : a decrease in electric potential (see potential entry 2 sense 2b)
5 : a slot into which something is to be dropped
6 [drop entry 2] : something that drops, hangs, or falls: such 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 : the advantage of having an opponent covered (see cover entry 1 sense 1b(2)) with a firearm broadly : advantage, superiority usually used in the phrase get the drop on waiting to get the drop on me
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
: as soon as the slightest provocation is given : immediately loses her temper at the drop of a hat
drop in the bucket
: a part so small as to be negligible

drop

verb
dropped; dropping

Definition of drop (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to fall in drops
2a(1) : to fall (see fall entry 1 sense 1a) unexpectedly or suddenly The book dropped from her hand.
(2) : to descend (see descend sense 1) from one line or level to another the land drops to sea level
b : to fall in a state of collapse (see collapse entry 2 sense 1b) or death dropped from exhaustion
c of a playing card : to become played by reason of the obligation to follow suit
d : to fall or roll into a hole or basket
3 : to enter or pass as if without conscious effort of will (see will entry 2 sense 4a) into some state, condition, or activity dropped into sleep
4a : 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
5 nautical : to move with a favoring wind or current usually used with down We dropped down the harbor.
6 informal : to be released to the public His latest solo album dropped in August …— Ed Rampell The second Podcast drops Nov. 14 and can be downloaded free …— Langston Wertz Jr. There's also something to be said for jumping on a subscription for a month or two, say when a big, new game drops.— Adam Rosenberg

transitive verb

1 : to let fall : cause to fall dropped the ball dropping bombs on the city
2a : give up sense 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 her old friends was dropped by his sponsors students who dropped the class
3a : to utter or mention in a casual way drop a suggestion drop names
b : write drop us a line soon
4a : to lower or cause to descend from one level or position to another drop the hem two inches drop the water level
b : to cause to lessen or decrease : reduce dropped his speed
5 of an animal : to give birth to
6a : lose dropped three games dropped $50 in a poker game
b : spend drop $20 for lunch
c : to get rid of dropped 20 pounds
7a : to bring down with a shot or a blow dropped the buck with one shot dropping the world champion in the ring
b card games : to cause a cardholder to unwillingly play (a high card) dropped her ace
c : to toss or roll into a hole or basket drop a putt
8a : to deposit or deliver during a usually brief stop usually used with off drop the kids off at school
b : air-drop drop the supplies to the medical team
9 : to cause (the voice) to be less loud
10a linguistics : to leave (a letter representing a speech sound) unsounded drop the g in running
b : to leave out in writing : omit accidentally dropped a whole line
11 : to draw from an external point drop a perpendicular to the line
12 : to take (a drug) orally : swallow drop acid
drop a dime
: to inform authorities (such as the police) of another's wrongdoing
drop behind
: to fail to keep up
drop the ball
: to make a mistake especially by failing to take timely, effective, or proper action

Other Words from drop

Verb

droppable \ ˈdrä-​pə-​bəl How to pronounce drop (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for drop

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of drop in a Sentence

Noun He squeezed the bottle until a few drops came out. She doesn't have a single drop of selfishness in her. The poet wrings the last drop of meaning from every word. Verb Be careful not to drop the chair on your foot. She dropped the apple core into the trash can. They dropped bombs on the city. He dropped the vase and it shattered into pieces. The player dropped the ball. The pen rolled to the edge of the table and dropped to the floor. The book dropped from my hand. The ball dropped between the right and center fielders. She was so tired she felt she would drop. He worked until he dropped. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Ballots can be submitted in person at voting centers or in drop boxes. Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2022 Access hatches popped open on the Lighthouse drop tower. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2022 Nekia Dodd and Yarnell Sampson named more than a dozen defendants in the suit alleging negligence and seeking liability, including ride owner SlingShot Group, ICON Park, and various manufacturers and installers who worked on the drop tower. Katie Rice, Orlando Sentinel, 25 Apr. 2022 The order formally closed the ride on March 25, the day after the teen fell to his death from the free-standing drop tower in front of horrified onlookers. NBC News, 25 Apr. 2022 The tower sits at 430 feet tall and is billed as the world's tallest free-standing drop tower. Zoe Christen Jones, CBS News, 19 Apr. 2022 Operator error is suspected as the primary cause in the death of a 14-year-old boy who slipped out of his seat on a drop-tower ride at a Florida amusement park and plunged to the pavement, officials said Monday. Bill Hutchinson, ABC News, 18 Apr. 2022 In that case, 14-year-old Tyre Sampson on vacation from St. Louis died after falling from the Orlando Free Fall drop tower. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, 11 Apr. 2022 Tyre Sampson died in March after falling from the FreeFall drop tower ride at Orlando's ICON Park. Amir Vera And Melissa Alonso, CNN, 5 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Analysts expect April’s figures to come in high by historical standards but could drop a bit, to around 8.1 percent. Washington Post, 11 May 2022 Across the industry, mortgage originations are forecast to drop 36% to $2.5 trillion this year from 2021 levels, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association, primarily because of rising interest rates and a resulting drop in mortgage refinancings. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, 10 May 2022 The Social Democrats will decide May 15 whether to drop decades of opposition by the party to NATO membership, a move that would almost certainly lead to Sweden asking to join the 30-nation alliance. Julie Tsirkin, NBC News, 10 May 2022 Temperatures drop slightly into the low to mid 80s next week but a potential storm brings possibilities of showers Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Natalia Jaramillo, Orlando Sentinel, 8 May 2022 High-profile forecaster LMC Automotive now expects sales in Western Europe to drop 6% in 2022 to just under 10 million, citing supply chain bottlenecks, the war in Ukraine and lockdowns in China because of the re-emergence of the coronavirus. Neil Winton, Forbes, 8 May 2022 Temperatures on Sunday were expected to remain below the mid-90s and could drop to the upper 80s by Tuesday, Lojero said. Laura Daniella Sepulveda, The Arizona Republic, 7 May 2022 Snow levels will fall as low as 3,000 feet of elevation Saturday afternoon, with possible snow accumulation overnight and into Sunday, when snow levels could drop to 2,000 feet. oregonlive, 7 May 2022 Water managers are bracing for another year of shortages, with the lack of moisture expected to impact wildlife populations and drop the Great Salt Lake to a record low for a second year in a row. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of drop

Noun

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

Verb

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

History and Etymology for drop

Noun and Verb

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

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drop

noun
\ ˈdräp How to pronounce drop (audio) \

Kids Definition of drop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a small amount of liquid that falls in a rounded shape
2 drops plural : liquid medicine measured by drops ear drops
3 : something (as a small round candy) that is shaped like a liquid drop
4 : a small amount I'll have just a drop of tea.
5 : the distance of a fall a 20-foot drop
6 : a decrease in amount or quality a drop in sales
7 : an act of delivering something : a place where something is left to be picked up a mail drop

drop

verb
dropped; dropping

Kids Definition of drop (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to fall or let fall often by accident I dropped my ice cream cone!
2 : to go down suddenly The cliff drops straight down.
3 : to go or make lower The temperature dropped. He dropped his voice.
4 : to become less or make less Business has dropped.
6 : disappear sense 1 They dropped out of sight.
7 : to stop or let end Let the matter drop.
8 : quit Don't drop out of school.
9 : to make a brief visit We dropped in on a friend.
10 : to deliver with a quick stop Mom dropped us off at school.
11 : send sense 1 Drop me a note.
drop off
: to fall asleep

drop

noun
\ ˈdräp How to pronounce drop (audio) \

Medical Definition of drop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the quantity of fluid that falls in one spherical mass
b drops plural : a dose of medicine measured by drops eye drops for dilating the pupil of the eye
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

drop

verb
dropped; dropping

Medical Definition of drop (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to fall in drops

transitive verb

1 of an animal : to give birth to lambs dropped in June
2 : to take (a drug) orally drop acid

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