drop·​let | \ ˈdräp-lət How to pronounce droplet (audio) \

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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Each of these acts plays out in a clear droplet on the microscopic stage. Anna Groves, Discover Magazine, "Human Gene Editing is Controversial. Shoukhrat Mitalipov Isn't Deterred," 15 Apr. 2019 Some of them, like black and brown carbon, warm the Earth’s atmosphere, while others, like sulfate droplets, cool it. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "Aerosols, explained," 9 Apr. 2019 One of these is large droplet transmission, Alexander L. Greninger M.D., assistant director of the University of Washington Medicine Clinical Virology Laboratory, tells SELF. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "Here’s How Far Germs Spread Through Sneezing and Coughing," 13 Feb. 2019 First, droplet formation represents a balance of forces. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Bose Einstein condensate may reveal supersolid’s secrets," 28 Nov. 2018 Fast moving water droplets Leidenfrost explained the water’s behavior in terms of a water drop that flattens but sits on top of a vapor layer rather than contacting the hot plate. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Free-wheeling water droplets plot their own path off a hot plate," 14 Sep. 2018 And yet, Chinese scientists have documented jumping spiders that provide their young with droplets of a nutrient-rich fluid from a furrow on the mother’s body. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Soy milk, almond milk, oat milk. Spider milk?," 30 Nov. 2018 Lady Fancy Nails embellished manicures with dangling acrylic beads mimicking water droplets, an effect dramatized on the runway by the models who twirled their fingertips and blew kisses at the cameras. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "This Model-Activist and Amputee's Runway Walk Just Lit up the Chromat Show," 8 Sep. 2018 Applying electrical signals to different electrodes directs the droplets step-by-step through a process that tests the liquid with chemicals or other agents. Washington Post, "Portable test helps identify refugees at risk of outbreaks," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of droplet

1607, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of droplet was in 1607

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English Language Learners Definition of droplet

: a very small drop of liquid


drop·​let | \ ˈdrä-plət How to pronounce droplet (audio) \

Kids Definition of droplet

: a tiny drop


drop·​let | \ ˈdräp-lət How to pronounce droplet (audio) \

Medical Definition of droplet

: a tiny drop (as of a liquid)

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