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 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 The researchers then use an eye-dropper-like device to move some of the liquid into a second tube containing the Crispr molecules. Carl Zimmer, New York Times, "With Crispr, a Possible Quick Test for the Coronavirus," 5 May 2020 The trojan dropper would then reinstall the backdoor in the event of a reset. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "The secret behind “unkillable” Android backdoor called xHelper has been revealed," 16 Apr. 2020 The final glam was a jaw-dropper, especially for fans who are used to seeing Charli's usual no-makeup makeup on TikTok. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "James Charles Did Charli D’amelio’s Makeup and Jeffree Star Thinks It's “Gorgeous”," 23 Mar. 2020 The dropper bottles used for MMS, however, serve 3 to 8 milligrams per drop, according to one medical journal. Sarnac Hale Spencer, USA TODAY, "Those coronavirus 'cures' you're hearing about? They're fake. Don't drink chlorine dioxide.," 14 Feb. 2020 Baun can also add value in coverage as an effective zone dropper who can match routes down the sideline. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: Cowboys reload on defense in 7-round mock draft, including the second-best pass rusher in the 2020 class," 25 Mar. 2020 Traditionally fished as a dropper under a floating bug, the Copper John can also be used as a heavy anchor fly that pulls an unweighted nymph deeper into the water column. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "The Best Flies for Catching Panfish," 12 Mar. 2020 The Evasive Monero Miner is the dropper for a multi-stage XMRig Miner that uses advanced evasion techniques to mine Monero and stay under the radar. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Malicious warez hosted on Bitbucket get more than 500,000 downloads," 5 Feb. 2020

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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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“Dropper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dropper. Accessed 1 Jun. 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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