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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Oregon Health & Sciences University toxicologist Robert Hendrickson said that oil droplets can cause precisely the kind of reaction seen in the cases being investigated. oregonlive, "Vaping death and outbreak of severe lung disease linked to marijuana oil in e-cigarettes: What we know," 5 Sep. 2019 Flu is a respiratory disease, passed from person to person by droplets of lung secretions that travel a few feet when an infected person sneezes or coughs. Wired, "Why Denying Migrants Flu Shots Is a Dangerous, Foolish Move," 28 Aug. 2019 As the boat neared, the killer whales surfaced adjacent to the boat and Biertuempfel was able to capture a water-droplet sharp photograph of three orcas emerging in tandem. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Humpbacks, killer whales, fin whales star in coastal spectacle," 28 Aug. 2019 When the Sun heats the Earth's surface, air and moisture rise and create water droplets. Matt Simon, WIRED, "The Bonkers Tech That Detects Lightning 6,000 Miles Away," 16 Aug. 2019 That may allow more room for those towering, ice and water droplet-containing, lightning-capable clouds to develop. Robin George Andrews, National Geographic, "Lightning struck near the North Pole 48 times. It's not normal.," 13 Aug. 2019 The process that formed the fog is similar to the forces that cause droplets of water to bead up on a cool glass of water on a hot summer day, weather service meteorologist Ben Miller said. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Fog consumes lakefront just before Milwaukee fireworks show. But the show goes on!," 3 July 2019 Gaudet said the glass orbs are meant to represent the droplets of blood scattered at murder scenes. Doug Maccash, NOLA.com, "'Bloody' pop-up sculpture marks New Orleans' murder rate at City Hall," 11 Jan. 2018 The aerosol droplets from the spray kill mosquitoes on contact in the air. Maria Lovato, BostonGlobe.com, "22 communities at high risk from mosquito-borne virus; Mass. to spray insecticide," 6 Aug. 2019

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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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miscellaneous remnants or debris

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