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 outdrop 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 downWe 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 offdrop 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

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Other Words from drop

Verb

droppable \ ˈdrä-​pə-​bəl How to pronounce droppable (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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That’s a 17 percentage point drop from the 62% of Florida voters who approved of DeSantis in a Mason-Dixon poll from last year. Zac Anderson, USA TODAY, "Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ popularity plummets amid widely panned coronavirus response," 31 July 2020 That campaign lowered its float from 5.73 billion to the current 4.35 billion shares, a drop that accounts for over 60% of the rise in EPS over that period. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Investors are treating Apple like a growth stock. But the math doesn’t add up.," 31 July 2020 Gross domestic product shrank 9.5% in the second quarter from the first, a drop that equals an annualized pace of 32.9%, the Commerce Department’s initial estimate showed on Thursday. Reade Pickert, Bloomberg.com, "U.S. Economy Shrinks at Record 32.9% Pace in Second Quarter," 31 July 2020 Last quarter’s economic drop followed a 5% fall in the January-March quarter, during which the economy officially entered a recession, ending an 11-year economic expansion, the longest on record in the U.S. Martin Crutsinger And Paul Wiseman, The Christian Science Monitor, "US economy takes record-breaking GDP plunge as virus cases surge," 31 July 2020 Amazon, in particular, blew away most of Wall Street’s forecasts, including an 89% surge in operating income compared with the 60% drop analysts had expected. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Big Tech’s Embarrassment of Riches," 30 July 2020 Last quarter's drop followed a 5% fall in the January-March quarter, during which the economy officially entered a recession triggered by the virus, ending an 11-year economic expansion, the longest on record in the United States. Martin Crutsinger, Anchorage Daily News, "Coronavirus-shocked US economy shrank at record-breaking 33% rate last quarter," 30 July 2020 That was less than the 31.5% drop analysts had been expecting, according to data provider Refinitiv. Michelle Toh, CNN, "Beer sales are picking up again, says world's biggest brewer," 30 July 2020 Operating revenues fell to $2.10 billion — a $220.4 million drop from the $2.32 billion reported for the second quarter of 2019. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Beaumont Health takes $146.7M hit driven by COVID-19 pandemic, but tries to rebound," 30 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Rents may continue to drop, allowing new residents to come to San Francisco. Shwanika Narayan, SFChronicle.com, "Empty towers. Quiet streets. Struggling cafes. Will downtown San Francisco ever boom again?," 2 Aug. 2020 Oftentimes, Amazon waits until the weekend to drop its very best deals. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this weekend," 1 Aug. 2020 Then, starting at 1:56 p.m., the Crew Dragon's forward thrusters are scheduled to fire for 11 minutes and 22 seconds, slowing the craft by about 168 mph, just enough to drop the far side of its orbit deep into the atmosphere. William Harwood, CBS News, "SpaceX Crew Dragon astronauts undock for historic Sunday splashdown," 1 Aug. 2020 The village board now intends to drop the lawsuit and restraining order, providing that the church will not be destroyed, wrote Gosse. Samantha Hendrickson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Village of Pewaukee is planning to save the historic St. Mary's Church from demolition," 31 July 2020 Ford confirmed the company modified the government loan in June to drop quarterly payments on the principal owed from $148 million to $37 million. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Ford's plan to defer government loan payments a 'concerning sign'," 31 July 2020 Officers asked the man to drop his weapons and one officer deployed one round from his weapon and hit the suspect, who continued to chase the officers, authorities said. CNN, "A man is shot after he tossed a dagger at a Detroit officer and injured him, police say," 31 July 2020 Meadows's assurance comes on the heels of reports saying that the administration was willing to cut a deal with Democrats to drop the liability protections. Jay Heflin, Washington Examiner, "White House backs McConnell on liability protections in relief bill after reports Republicans were divided," 31 July 2020 In the current financial year, the revenue collections are expected to drop further as the economy contracts. Prathamesh Mulye, Quartz India, "Cash-strapped Indian states could run up debts of up to $110 billion this year," 28 July 2020

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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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Time Traveler for drop

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The first known use of drop was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

4 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Drop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drop. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for drop

drop

noun
How to pronounce drop (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of drop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a very small amount of liquid that falls in a rounded shape
informal : a small amount of a drink
: a small amount of something (such as a quality)

drop

verb

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

: to let (something) fall
: to fall
: to lie down or fall down suddenly

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)

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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