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 dropper (audio) \ noun

Examples of dropper in a Sentence

He put drops in his eyes with a dropper.
Recent Examples on the Web The basic technique was using a 5-6 weight full sinking line, long level leader, streamer fly and perhaps a small dropper wet fly tied off the bend of the streamer 12-18 inches. Bill May, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 15 Aug. 2021 The 12 ml bottle, designed in the shape of a prism with a dropper at the top in place of where a spray top would be, retails for $100. Jasmin Barmore, Freep.com, 10 Aug. 2021 Annie Korzen is a judicious dropper of the F-bomb on her TikTok channel, which in less than four months has claimed more than 223,000 followers and 2.2 million likes. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, 9 Aug. 2021 Frigo said after a companion had dropper her off at the cruise terminal. Colleen Barry, ajc, 5 June 2021 Houchin has broken pedals, busted a dropper seatpost, and once snapped off a wheel spoke that then lodged in her gear cassette. Rachel Hutton, Star Tribune, 25 June 2021 The user opens the card to start the test and applies six drops from the dropper in the top hole to start the test. NBC News, 23 Apr. 2021 Whipping out her water dropper, Beers squeezes out a series of droplets. AZCentral.com, 28 June 2021 Anglers use a simple three-way rig, where a weight is tied off on one short dropper, and a live-bait hook on a longer leader. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 June 2021

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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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13 Sep 2021

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“Dropper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dropper. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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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 dropper (audio) \ noun

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