drop·let | \ ˈdräp-lət \

Definition of droplet 

: a tiny drop (as of a liquid)

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Synonyms for droplet


bead, blob, driblet, drip, drop, glob, globule

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Examples of droplet in a Sentence

Droplets of water collected on the windows. there were only a few droplets left in the canteen

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That’s a common meteorological phenomenon that occurs when sunlight or moonlight passes through the liquid water droplets in the cloud, producing a pastel rainbow appearance, very similar to the process of how rainbows form. Kathryn Prociv, Washington Post, "Extremely rare, colorful nighttime clouds shine over Arizona," 30 Mar. 2018 Flu is most commonly transmitted by small respiratory droplets that move through the air when an infected person sneezes, coughs or talks. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "How Not to Get Sick on a Plane? Choose Your Seat Wisely," 22 Mar. 2018 Weather monitoring services or health authorities could simply add the mosquito emoji in alerts featuring a string of storm clouds and water droplets. Smithsonian, "Will a New Mosquito Emoji Create Some Buzz About Insect-borne Diseases?," 28 Feb. 2018 The vog's sulfuric acid droplets would fall, too -- thus, acid rain. Jason Hanna, CNN, "Volcanic ashes. Acid rain. And now massive boulders? All the calamities Hawaii is facing," 10 May 2018 Machines spray mist and rain droplets, a mix of pinpoint and wall fans can churn up a windstorm and other devices fill the auditorium with fog, bubbles and snow-like suds. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Cinépolis offers discount 'magic hour' at North County theaters," 25 Apr. 2018 Also, growers should not spray plants with water, as droplets on leaves can magnify the sun’s intensity. Sara Cardine, latimes.com, "Acres of historic camellias at Descanso Gardens scorched during weekend’s triple-digit heat," 12 July 2018 Dogs can then bring infected fleas into the home, while cats can transmit plague directly to humans by coughing infectious droplets into the air. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "An Idaho Child Was Diagnosed With the Plague. How Worried Should You Be?," 13 June 2018 In 2001, conservators noticed small surface cracks, crystals, and droplets forming on the glass. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Science of Saving the Declaration of Independence," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of droplet

1607, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of droplet

: a very small drop of liquid


drop·let | \ ˈdrä-plət \

Kids Definition of droplet

: a tiny drop


drop·let | \ ˈdräp-lət \

Medical Definition of droplet 

: a tiny drop (as of a liquid)

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