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drop

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noun, often attributive \ˈdräp\

Definition of drop

  1. 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. 2 :  something that resembles a liquid drop: such asa :  a pendent ornament attached to a piece of jewelry; also :  an earring with such a pendantb :  a small globular cookie or candy <sucking on lemon drops>

  3. 3 [2drop] 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 (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>

  4. 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 2potential 2b)

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

  6. 6 [2drop] :  something that drops, hangs, or falls: such asa :  a movable plate that covers the keyhole of a lockb :  an unframed piece of cloth stage scenery; also :  drop curtainc :  a hinged platform on a gallowsd :  a fallen fruit

  7. 7 :  the advantage of having an opponent covered (see 1cover 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. 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 <loses her temper at the drop of a hat>

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


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drop

verb

Definition of drop

dropped

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dropping

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

  3. 2a (1) :  to fall (see 1fall 1a) unexpectedly or suddenly <The book dropped from her hand.> (2) :  to descend (see descend 1) from one line or level to another <the land drops to sea level>b :  to fall in a state of collapse (see 2collapse 1b) or death <dropped from exhaustion>c of a playing card :  to become played by reason of the obligation to follow suitd :  to fall or roll into a hole or basket

  4. 3 :  to enter or pass as if without conscious effort of will (see 2will 4a) into some state, condition, or activity <dropped into sleep>

  5. 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

  6. 5 nautical :  to move with a favoring wind or current —usually used with down <We dropped down the harbor.>

  7. transitive verb
  8. 1 :  to let fall :  cause to fall <dropped the ball> <dropping bombs on the city>

  9. 2a :  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 her old friends> <was dropped by his sponsors> <students who dropped the class>

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

  11. 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>

  12. 5 of an animal :  to give birth to

  13. 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>

  14. 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>

  15. 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>

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

  17. 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>

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

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

droppable

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.

Origin and Etymology of drop

see 1drop


First Known Use: before 12th century



DROP Defined for English Language Learners

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drop

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noun, often attributive \ˈdräp\

Definition of drop for English Language Learners

  • : 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)


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drop

verb

Definition of drop for English Language Learners

  • : to let (something) fall

  • : to fall

  • : to lie down or fall down suddenly


DROP Defined for Kids

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drop

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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>


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drop

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verb

Definition of drop for Students

dropped

dropping

  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

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drop

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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


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drop

verb

Medical Definition of drop

dropped

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dropping

  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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