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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John says that mice will eat anything, including their own droppings, to survive. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "8 Things You Need To Do To Get Rid Of Mice," 10 Aug. 2018 While the itineraries are jaw dropping, the ship’s shaping up to be alluring too. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Incredible New Luxury Expedition Yacht Is Going to Some Out-There Spots," 1 Aug. 2018 In the department's inspection report, inspectors observed mouse droppings on and inside hamburger rolls and chicken sandwich rolls, according to the station. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Video of rats running through bag of Burger King buns prompts shutdown of Delaware location," 7 June 2018 The inspector also found 16 live and five dead cockroaches in the kitchen, bar and brewing areas, and 22 mouse droppings near the restroom storage and back brewing areas. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Oak Park Brewing Co. reopens after pest infestation | The Sacramento Bee," 22 May 2018 Marrow's lawyers applauded Amerson's swift action and the dropping of the charges. Kate Brumback, Fox News, "Lawyers: Officials conspired to hide info about arrest," 27 Aug. 2018 According to the American Civil Liberties Union, the reforms Legend helped champion ultimately led to Louisiana’s incarceration-rate ranking dropping to number two in America. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "John Legend Penned a Powerful Op-Ed About a Racist Louisiana Policy," 14 Aug. 2018 Few things are as good for an island as bird droppings. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Rats! Coral Reefs Aren't Getting the Bird Poop They Need," 11 July 2018 But an examination of the species caught was truly jaw-dropping. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Can the walleye population rebound in McDermott Lake if bass and panfish are reduced?," 30 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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the figure or shape of a crescent moon

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