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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Four seconds in, Convertino taps his mallets across the vibraphone, spreading droplets of sound that echo above everything. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Finding the Soundtrack to My Desert Life," 25 Apr. 2018 Yet tests using a humidifier showed that there was no way for the harp to clog because droplets simply slid down the wires. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Scientists are harvesting water by building fog harps and zapping the air," 8 June 2018 This could mean splitting the droplets in half, creating a single blob, or forming new shapes and words out of water. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "MIT researchers have developed programmable water droplets," 9 May 2018 Whooping cough is spread through droplets in the air whenever someone with the disease coughs or sneezes. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "A whooping cough 'epidemic ' is looming. Here's how to keep your baby safe. | The Sacramento Bee," 16 Mar. 2018 Volcano opens with an arrestingly lovely sequence, an extended aerial shot of droplets splashing in slow motion onto a dark body of water before a huge, mysterious barge swims into view. Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Volcano': Film Review | Karlovy Vary 2018," 13 July 2018 Since water can't adhere to any of it and the gaps between chains are so small, the surface tension of water droplets will keep them from ever penetrating the mesh. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "The Internet-demanded, partially scientific testing of Ultra-Ever Dry (in HD!)," 4 July 2018 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

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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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