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 [ 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 (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 [ 2drop ] : 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.

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

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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

bead, blob, driblet, drip, droplet, glob, globule

Synonyms: Verb

depress, lower, throw, throw down

Antonyms: Verb

lift, pick up, raise

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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

Efforts on the ground To eliminate polio, women — mostly young mothers — have gone door-to-door, slipping drops of polio vaccine under the tongues of as many as 30 million Nigerian children. NBC News, "Nigeria is on the brink of eliminating polio, thanks to women," 1 Aug. 2019 With the drop of mortgage rates from 5% in the fall of 2018 to their now-below 4% level, the average home buyer has already saved $125 a month in payments. Erik Sherman, Fortune, "Mortgages, Credit Cards & Loans: Here’s What Will (and Won’t) Change If the Fed Cuts Interest Rates," 30 July 2019 Nintendo on Tuesday posted a quarterly profit drop of 46 percent to $152 million (16.6 billion yen) despite a 2.4 percent revenue increase to $1.58 billion (172 billion yen). Gavin J. Blair, The Hollywood Reporter, "Nintendo Profit Plunges 46 Percent Despite Higher Switch Sales," 30 July 2019 FreightCar delivered 4,214 rail cars last year, a drop of nearly 5 percent from 2017, The Virginia job cuts are scheduled to start Sept. 20. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "FreightCar closing Virginia plant, moving jobs to Alabama," 25 July 2019 This May the Arctic sea ice cover was 8.5 percent below the 1981–2010 average—a drop of 436,000 square miles—meaning the ocean is absorbing a lot of sunlight that would normally be reflected. Leila Sloman, Scientific American, "Magnet and Neuron Model Also Predicts Arctic Sea Ice Melt," 24 July 2019 The Suns came in at No. 9 on the list with an average home attendance drop of 17 percent from 2008-18. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Phoenix Suns ranked on list of 12 pro sports teams evidently 'running out of fans’," 22 July 2019 Chinese foreign direct investment in the United States fell to $5.4 billion in 2018 from a peak of $46.5 billion in 2016, a drop of 88 percent, according to data from Rhodium Group, an economic research firm. Alan Rappeport, New York Times, "Chinese Money in the U.S. Dries Up as Trade War Drags On," 21 July 2019 The year-over-year statistics showed the biggest decline in deaths involving prescription opioids, a drop of 25 percent from 2018 to 2017. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Marion County overdose deaths decline but that doesn't necessarily mean less drug use.," 19 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

China dropped the price of their currency to an almost a historic low. Taylor Telford, Washington Post, "Dow tumbles more than 475 points as China strikes back in trade war," 5 Aug. 2019 Condo listings dropped to 1,937 in July from 2,150 the month before. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Home sellers in metro Denver turn less active in July," 3 Aug. 2019 Mr Hernández’s net approval rating dropped from +31 to -17. The Economist, "The humbling of Honduras’s president, Juan Orlando Hernández," 2 Aug. 2019 Unseeded due to the injury, the teenager only dropped one set in eight matches on his way to the title. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "USTA Boys’ 14 National Clay Court Championships hits the courts in Fort Lauderdale," 1 Aug. 2019 Fitbit’s stock, down 15% this year, dropped 17% in premarket trading to all-time low levels. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Why a Robot Maker’s Stock Is Flying High—Data Sheet," 1 Aug. 2019 The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 425 points, or 1.6%, to 26,765. San Diego Union-Tribune, "US stocks fall after Federal Reserve cuts key interest rate," 31 July 2019 Company officials also said the utilization rates for it domestic drilling rigs — which were 95 percent in the second quarter, with average revenues of $26,864 per day — would drop to 88 percent to 92 percent in the third quarter. Randy Diamond, ExpressNews.com, "Losses mount at Pioneer Energy Services as company considers consolidation," 31 July 2019 The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 229 points, or 0.8%, to 26,968. Alex Veiga, USA TODAY, "Dow, S&P 500 take hits in fallout from Federal Reserve cuts," 31 July 2019

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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

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)

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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