drop·​ping ˈdrä-piŋ How to pronounce dropping (audio)
: something dropped
droppings plural : dung

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
Recent Examples on the Web More disappointingly, Netflix is slated to dump another piece of holiday coal down our chimneys with yet another past-his-prime Dave Chappelle special dropping on Dec. 31. William Earl, Variety, 27 Dec. 2023 But the virus can be found on any farm because it is spread easily, primarily through the droppings of wild birds or direct contact with them. Josh Funk, Fortune Well, 7 Nov. 2023 If the inspector didn’t have the bodies, there were the 10 rodent droppings split evenly between a shelf near a storage area and shelves near a handwash sink. David J. Neal, Miami Herald, 26 Jan. 2024 Stumbling across that archive quite recently was a jaw dropping experience. Mark Holgate, Vogue, 11 Jan. 2024 Additional factors for the number dropping could include the nation taking steps toward normalcy following the pandemic or be as simple as a better job by police of apprehending shooters. Darcy Costello, Baltimore Sun, 1 Jan. 2024 Haley also stands to gain the most from former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s dropping out of the race, as pollsters have pointed out. Julia Johnson, Washington Examiner, 11 Jan. 2024 How to Adopt an Innovative Talent Strategy The 2022 HBS and Burning Glass report estimates dropping degree conditions could open 1.4 million jobs to workers without degrees over five years. Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 The nine on the season are about half the dropping average and the second fewest through the date. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, 3 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Dropping.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dropping. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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