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.

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 In a week where many ranked teams lost games, the biggest drop came from Auburn falling from No. 4 to No. 16. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Ohio State basketball drops out of the Associated Press Top 25 Poll," 20 Jan. 2020 With the trailer drop also comes the list of guest judges popping over to give their fashion critiques. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Netflix's Project Runway? Queer Eye star seeks the Next in Fashion in new trailer," 15 Jan. 2020 After the top four, there’s a big drop-off, and the math identifies six contenders most likely to grab the final invitation. Ben Zauzmer, The Hollywood Reporter, "Predicting This Year's Oscar Nominations Using Just Math," 9 Jan. 2020 The park is also a drop-off point for cut trees after the holidays. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "$1,500 worth of trees missing from Warren County Park District found," 8 Jan. 2020 That drop came despite population growth in all of the largest cities except Racine. chicagotribune.com, "Violent crime rate up, number of police officers down in largest Wisconsin cities, new report shows," 13 Dec. 2019 If a drop of water comes out, the compost has the correct level of moisture. Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, "How to Make a DIY Compost Bin," 30 Nov. 2019 That drop has come during a broader downswing for the industry since the 2016 presidential election, as gun owners have become less worried about the prospect that the government might seize their weapons. New York Times, "Smith & Wesson’s Owner to Break Away From Gun Business," 14 Nov. 2019 Amendola’s drop came on the Lions’ second-to-last series, with the ball on the Chicago side of the field, and Golladay had a would-be first down sail through his hands two plays later. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions stock watch: Jahlani Tavai takes bigger role, WRs catch dropsies," 11 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Patrick Mahomes had a jaw-dropping TD run: Mahomes escaped the pocket, made multiple defenders miss, and powered into the end zone for a 27-yard scoring run right before halftime. USA TODAY, "With 49ers and Chiefs, Super Bowl LIV provides unique contrast in styles," 20 Jan. 2020 Take a virtual tour of the jaw-dropping estate in the photos above... Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Live in your own country club at this $5M Rivercrest mansion," 20 Jan. 2020 There are many jaw-dropping surprises; some of the earliest films ever created were by Indigenous people celebrating their own culture. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Rep. Ayanna Pressley, bald and beautiful, discusses life with alopecia," 18 Jan. 2020 Check out Cardi's jaw-dropping look from Paris Fashion Week below. Glenn Rowley, Billboard, "Cardi B Wore an Accessory to Paris Fashion Week That Will Make You Do a Double-Take," 17 Jan. 2020 The Dumsches tried psychiatrists who visited the house and drop-off day programs. Abigail Jones, Washington Post, "What Schizophrenia Does to Families," 13 Jan. 2020 Creating jaw-dropping views Dianne Cohen hired Wall Sensations to install a mural with a picturesque scene of cactus and desertscape. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Wall Sensations brings life to backyards by covering drab concrete with photographic murals," 12 Jan. 2020 Rogers was well-known for his draw-dropping catches in 2018 against Clemson and LSU. Alex Miller, Dallas News, "Texas A&M’s Kendrick Rogers, Debione Renfro declare for 2020 NFL draft," 8 Jan. 2020 Probably her music video for the track, which shows off Ciara’s jaw-dropping dancing ability — a motivating factor, to be sure. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Here Are 50 of the Best Workout Songs to Get You Motivated," 8 Jan. 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

23 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Drop.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drop?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=d&file=drop0001. Accessed 25 January 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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