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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Last week, Austin Flake's attorney said a graph created by authorities that accurately showed electrical usage dropping inside the kennel wasn't turned over to his client before trial. Fox News, "Sen. Jeff Flake's son seeks new civil trial against Joe Arpaio," 8 Apr. 2018 Maybe instead of what some random kid thinks, look at the numbers that show usage dropping among teens. Washington Post, "Readers Have Bones To Pick, From Health System Flaws To Covering Marijuana Beat," 6 Mar. 2018 From finding mouse droppings in your closet to potential kitchen thievery, the whole shudder-inducing situation is a big fat disaster that homeowners or renters never want to deal with. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "How to Get Rid of Mice: The Ultimate Guide to a Rodent-Free Home," 28 Mar. 2019 Especially jaw-dropping is the daily fountain performance: More than 1,500 jets soar as high as 175 feet, all to music. Juliet Izon, Good Housekeeping, "5 Cheap Road Trips to Take When You Really Need to Get Out of Town," 25 July 2018 The inspector found 60 to 80 droppings in the ice machine area. Kyle Arnold, OrlandoSentinel.com, "5 Orlando restaurants fail health inspections," 17 May 2018 The end of June wasn’t a great time for health violations in University City restaurants: both Han Dynasty and Bobby’s Burger Palace were among the eateries closed thanks to mouse droppings and roaches. Aubrey Nagle, Philly.com, "Philly preps for the Fourth, Allentown Cadets march on | Morning Newsletter," 3 July 2018 Officials began investigating the restaurant at 2802 Concord Pike on Friday and found mouse droppings on food and near equipment, KYW reported. Michelle Ewing, ajc, "Delaware Burger King temporarily closed after video shows rodents in bag of buns," 6 June 2018 On Wednesday, one intruder left droppings on the council woman’s desk. Ian Lovett, WSJ, "Politics Is a Dirty Business—Starting with the Rats at Los Angeles City Hall," 10 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of dropping

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of dropping

: a piece of solid waste from an animal or bird

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one that collects or salvages junk

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