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
Recent Examples on the Web The dropping of the investigation comes on the heels of the not guilty verdict in the trial of former Obama White House counsel Greg Craig, another case that Mueller's office had passed to federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York. NBC News, "Justice Department ends investigation of Tony Podesta, Vin Weber without charges," 24 Sep. 2019 The arrest of the plumbers led both to the dropping of the charges against Ellsberg and to the great unravelling known as Watergate. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, "Edward Snowden and the Rise of Whistle-Blower Culture," 16 Sep. 2019 In announcing the dropping of all charges against Golunov, Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev had said key officers involved were under investigation. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "Russian president Putin fires 2 top police officers involved in arrest of investigative journalist," 13 June 2019 The scientists isolated the experimental E. coli from the droppings. Quanta Magazine, "The New Science of Evolutionary Forecasting," 17 July 2014 Mitch Trubisky’s pass was on time and on target, spiraling toward Soldier Field’s south end zone and dropping into Gabriel’s arms. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "Column: It’s more relief than joy as the Bears do just enough to squeeze past the struggling Lions," 10 Nov. 2019 The researchers also collected each rat's droppings at various points during the study to analyze them for metabolites of corticosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone, a pair of hormones. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Rats love driving tiny cars, even when they don’t get treats," 1 Nov. 2019 The White House Twitter account tweeted about Louisiana's unemployment rate dropping as Mr. Trump spoke Friday evening — a talking point that Edwards often touted on the campaign trail. Aaron Navarro, CBS News, "Louisiana heads into November runoff for governor's race between John Bel Edwards and Eddie Rispone," 12 Oct. 2019 Bednar made one lineup move — promoting right wing Joonas Donskoi to the second line and dropping Andre Burakovsky to the third. Mike Chambers, The Denver Post, "Minus a contract with the Avs, Mikko Rantanen trained hard in Finland and Switzerland," 5 Oct. 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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29 Nov 2019

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“Dropping.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dropping. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of dropping

: a piece of solid waste from an animal or bird

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