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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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 Most likely from bird droppings; a whole colony of sooty terns had taken up residence among the cliffs surrounding the lake. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "A Young Island in the South Pacific Oozes Mysteries and Mud," 5 Feb. 2019 Her annual Halloween bash has been happening for 17 years and counting now, and each year Klum attempts to create a getup even more over-the-top and jaw-dropping than the last. Lynsey Eidell, Glamour, "All of Heidi Klum's Halloween Costumes Over the Years," 26 Sep. 2018 Kylie made her cowboy boots look even more jaw-dropping than ever by opting for a stiletto-heeled style that reaches well past her knees, as opposed to the more traditional chunky mid-calf style. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Wears Thigh-High Cowboy Boots," 22 Aug. 2018 The netcode does appear to be using a rollback system (this is a good thing, read here to understand more) but there are some concerns that the implementation may have unnecessary frame dropping. Aurich Lawson, Ars Technica, "Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection," 29 May 2018 Name dropping: Australian national champion Peta Mullens and Mexican national champion Yusse Soto are here along with local elite riders Jadon Jaeger, Andy Feuersthaler, Mike Froh, Berry Rohling, Heather Haviland, Lindsey Kriete and Andrea Pether. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Quick facts about Tour of America's Dairyland," 27 June 2018

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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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a shady place in a garden or forest

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