drop·​ping | \ ˈdrä-piŋ How to pronounce dropping (audio) \

Definition of dropping

1 : something dropped
2 droppings plural : dung

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Examples of dropping in a Sentence

the only bad part about owning a rabbit was cleaning the droppings out of the litter box every night the dropping of an act from the talent show should bring it in on time

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Strong winds impeded the rescue efforts and the dropping of supplies, the park service said. Joe Sutton, CNN, "High winds hamper rescue of four hikers stranded for days on Mount Rainier," 6 June 2019 One paratroop innovation in Normandy was the dropping of dummies which confused the Germans as to where the real landings were to be made. Popular Mechanics, "How the D-Day Invasion Was Planned," 6 June 2019 The rapper pushes boundaries and makes headlines daily with jaw-dropping ab reveals and hair switch-ups. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Cardi B Takes the Season’s Riskiest Pedicure Shade For a Spin," 9 May 2019 While the entire property is jaw-dropping, the roof deck is the piece-de-resistance. Shannon Rooney, Philly.com, "Shore Envy: Three Belmar stunners," 27 June 2018 Cher delaMere, San Francisco Dear Cher: Le Video was the greatest video store in the known universe, with a collection of VHS tapes that was jaw-dropping. Mick Lasalle, San Francisco Chronicle, "Was Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Unsane’ inspired by Sam Fuller’s ‘Shock Corridor?’," 12 Apr. 2018 Griffin’s story is inspiring, and his athleticism is jaw-dropping. Bruce Feldman, SI.com, "Names, Numbers and Notes That Stood Out From the 2018 NFL Combine," 6 Mar. 2018 Meanwhile, hair stylist Sabana Majeed produced a jaw-dropping, 11-foot braid, which had a gold ring attached to it so that Moore could carry it up the Met steps. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "How Indya Moore Prepped for Her Shining Met Gala Moment," 8 May 2019 The restaurant's jaw-dropping, panoramic views of the San Jacintos mountains. Charlotte Chilton, Town & Country, "What to Do on Your Next Trip to Palm Springs," 5 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of dropping

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of dropping was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of dropping

: a piece of solid waste from an animal or bird

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