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.
Recent Examples on the Web Blend the oil with a couple handfuls of your herbs and transfer to a bowl or jar with a dropper. Ying Chu, Marie Claire, "What's Cookin' with David von Cannon," 30 Aug. 2020 The online commerce helped the company overcome a 14% dropper in shopper visits as customers consolidated trips, spending far more per visit, or shopped online. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Walmart’s e-commerce sales rise 97% as pandemic fuels business," 18 Aug. 2020 Here's my thing about traditional cuticle oils: almost all of them come in a bottle like a nail polish that comes with a dropper or a brush — either way, the oil trickles down my fingers and hands and winds up making my entire existence oily. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "Cute Nail Studio's Cuticle Oil Pen Is Saving My Nails From Isolation Stress," 7 Aug. 2020 The wildlife of the Sonoran desert is always a jaw-dropper. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, "Rainbow Ryders owner walked away from family business to follow his passion: hot air balloons," 25 June 2020 Wise’s rod is loaded with a garish threesome: a San Juan Worm up top, a big Red Fox nymph tied to the worm’s hook shank, and a heavy Golden Stonefly nymph as a dropper fly. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "Ozark Mountain Fishing Adventure," 9 June 2020 Among the depths of Reddit and TikTok, there is a new horror: people spilling scarlet liquid from a glass vial dropper across their face. Jenny Singer, Glamour, "The Ordinary Peeling Solution Completely Transformed My Skin," 20 May 2020 Avoid packaging with pumps, droppers, and pressurized aerosol cans: None of these can be easily disposed of. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, "How to Spot and Use Eco-Friendly Packaging," 4 May 2020 Unlike a standard Texas rig, the Tokyo has a wire dropper that keeps the bait off the bottom and separates the weight from the hook, which gives your soft plastic total freedom of movement and makes for better hookups. Dave Hurteau, Field & Stream, "How to Fish for Bass Using the Tokyo Rig," 8 May 2020

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First Known Use of dropper

circa 1700, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Dropper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dropper. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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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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