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

Definition of droplet

: a tiny drop (as of a liquid)

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Refocused attention The coronavirus is highly infectious and spreads through cough and sneeze droplets in the air, so crowded gatherings and marches pose an obvious public health risk. Naomi Xu Elegant, Fortune, "Hong Kong protests birthed a new hospital worker union. The coronavirus has prompted its first strike," 4 Feb. 2020 Wearing a surgical mask may help prevent influenza, according to some studies, as the virus spreads through droplets in the air when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Do face masks really protect against coronavirus?," 31 Jan. 2020 Co-author Stefan Karpitschka compared the droplets' behavior to how galaxies and black holes interact by deforming space around them. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Physicists measured forces behind why Cheerios clump together in your bowl," 21 Dec. 2019 None of the patients had oil droplets in their lungs, the doctors found. oregonlive, "Vaping-related lung illness could be caused by toxic chemicals, not oils, doctors say," 3 Oct. 2019 Particulate matter, or particulate pollution, is a mix of solid and liquid airborne droplets, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Gisela Crespo, CNN, "Even short-term exposure to low levels of air pollution can increase risk of cardiac arrest," 28 Jan. 2020 The pneumonic plague is the most serious form of the disease, according to the World Health Organization, and the only type that can spread from person to person through the inhalation of respiratory droplets. Michael Brice-saddler, chicagotribune.com, "Plague kills two in China; information is scarce," 15 Nov. 2019 While vitamin E is safe as a vitamin pill or to use on the skin, inhaling oily droplets can be harmful. CBS News, ""Strong culprit" identified in vaping illnesses," 8 Nov. 2019 Authorities said the ex-boyfriend’s statement was consistent with 911 call recordings, body-worn camera footage and physical evidence that included blood droplets throughout the home and shell casings from two different guns. Alejandro Serrano, SFChronicle.com, "Man charged with murder in connection with attempted Dublin break-in that killed his girlfriend," 7 Jan. 2020

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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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15 Feb 2020

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“Droplet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/droplet. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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