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 closure came after a state health inspector noted rodent droppings under seats in a dining area near the bar during a July 3 visit. Kyle Arnold, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Bahama Breeze reopens after rodent problems in Altamonte Springs," 9 July 2018 Historically, the best natural source of saltpeter, the common name for potassium nitrate, has been from caves caked with bat droppings. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "O say can you see? The science behind the booms and blooms of Independence Day fireworks," 3 July 2018 The Tempe City Council recently OK'd an ordinance to reign in people who put out large amounts of birdseed, leading to large amounts of bird droppings and annoyed neighbors. Jerod Macdonald-evoy, azcentral, "Tempe residents should think twice before feeding birds," 5 May 2018 Note: the dropping of a wedding band is always symbolic on TV. Rena Gross, Billboard, "'The Handmaid's Tale': Season 2, Episode 13 Recap: 19 Startling Moments in 'The Word'," 11 July 2018 The poo jogger's potty breaks reeked of premeditation: Right next to his droppings, the poo jogger frequently left used toilet paper. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "A corporate executive led a secret double life — as Australia’s ‘poo jogger’," 7 June 2018 But my dropping of the habit is also due to a shift in my own perspective of what beauty and skin-care means. Talia Abbas, SELF, "I Grew Up Waxing My Arm Hair, But I've Given It Up for Good," 6 June 2018 Wearing rubber gloves, use paper towels to pick up the droppings and dispose of them immediately. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Mice-borne hantavirus kills young mom; here's what you need to know | The Kansas City Star," 23 Apr. 2018 United are expected to release the third kit this August, roughly one year removed from their dropping of this season's strip. SI.com, "PHOTO: Man Utd's Beautiful Blue and Gold 3rd Kit for 2018/19 Season Leaks Online," 20 Mar. 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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