drop·​per | \ ˈdrä-pər How to pronounce dropper (audio) \

Definition of dropper

1 : one that drops
2 : a short glass or plastic tube fitted with a rubber bulb and used to measure liquids by drops

called also eyedropper, medicine dropper

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Other Words from dropper

dropperful \ ˈdrä-​pər-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce dropperful (audio) \ noun

Examples of dropper in a Sentence

He put drops in his eyes with a dropper.

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For a 1,000mg vial, like this Rosebud oil, one full dropper is around 33mg; Try to aim for between 15-25mg per serving of the brownies. Marie Claire, "You Can Put CBD in That: Chocolatey Peanut Butter Brownies," 19 Apr. 2019 Products also should be compact and easily packable—no unwieldy tubs or precarious glass dropper bottles. Gray Chapman, SELF, "How Hikers Do Skin-Care on Long Backpacking Trips," 28 July 2018 Medix CBD Oil This oil dropper is ideal for anyone who wants to enjoy the benefits of CBD while sipping their favorite drink or eating a favorite food. Popular Mechanics, "4 Great Ways To Chill With CBD Oil," 14 Dec. 2018 Known as Brambul, the self-replicating malware is usually delivered through a dropper. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "With possible summit approaching, North Korean espionage hacks continue," 1 June 2018 But first, our top story, an absolute jaw dropper late this afternoon, a report from the New York Times. Fox News, "What role has Rosenstein played in decision to declassify?," 21 Sep. 2018 Another recycling red flag is the pumps and droppers on top of bottles, which are often multimaterial. Jessica Cruel, SELF, "You Should Be Recycling Your Beauty Products—10 Things You Need to Know," 7 July 2018 Patterson, a former assistant to Hall of Fame conditioner Shug McGaughey, sends this son of Tale of the Cat back out after running into an odds-on class dropper for Steve Asmussen that dominated from start to finish in this colt's initial try. Scott Shapiro, The Courier-Journal, "Twinspires.com's free pick for Saturday's races at Churchill Downs," 22 June 2018 Even the least expensive models are now getting stocked with features once reserved for the costliest bikes, including tubeless-ready rims and tires, adjustable air suspension, and dropper posts. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "The Best Budget Bikes for Road and Trail," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of dropper

circa 1700, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of dropper was circa 1700

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English Language Learners Definition of dropper

: a glass or plastic tube that is used to measure out liquids by drops


drop·​per | \ ˈdrä-pər How to pronounce dropper (audio) \

Kids Definition of dropper

: a short tube with a rubber bulb used to measure out liquids by drops


drop·​per | \ ˈdräp-ər How to pronounce dropper (audio) \

Medical Definition of dropper

: a short glass tube fitted with a rubber bulb and used to measure liquids by drops

called also eyedropper, medicine dropper

Other Words from dropper

dropperful \ -​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce dropperful (audio) \ noun

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