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 should emulsify it evenly and provide each droplet with maximal eggsulation against pooling together. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Why Pastured Eggs Are the Perfect Food," 13 Sep. 2018 Fog is just a cloud of tiny, innumerable droplets of water. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Wanna Pull Water Out of Air? Grab Some Ions or a Weird Sponge," 8 June 2018 This study, combined with others, suggests flu can also spread like measles does — in much smaller droplets suspended in the air. Maggie Fox, NBC News, "Influenza might be spread simply by breathing, study finds," 19 Jan. 2018 Her body glistened and little droplets of water trickled down from her arms and legs. Constance Grady, Vox, "13 amazing facts about Princess Margaret from Craig Brown’s new biography," 14 Aug. 2018 For cleansing her face and body, a droplet of Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap goes a long way. Gray Chapman, SELF, "How Hikers Do Skin-Care on Long Backpacking Trips," 28 July 2018 There’s a custodian walking by, and then a scene with droplets of blood. Morgan Baila, refinery29.com, "Sharp Objects Premiere Recap: Home Is Where The Murder Is," 9 July 2018 That annoying, sleepless night led Agarwal to wonder just how the droplets produce that particular sound. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The Physics Behind a Leaky Faucet’s Maddening ‘Plink’," 25 June 2018 Germs are most commonly spread by the respiratory droplets emitted from sneezing and coughing. Author: Daniel Victor, Anchorage Daily News, "Please sneeze into your elbow, not your hand," 28 Feb. 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 \

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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to express emotion in a dramatic way

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