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

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Outrage boiled up in news and social networks once again after the dropping of federal charges against former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, a Peoria Republican, became official on Wednesday. Clarence Page, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Like the Jussie Smollett case, Aaron Schock’s dropped charges should be investigated," 6 Sep. 2019 One is a seedy refuge in Pigalle, with rat droppings on the floor and a lone bullet, left in a drawer; another is a château in the countryside, with snow on the ground and a highborn family in residence. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "The Hour of Reckoning Descends in “Mr. Klein”," 30 Aug. 2019 Despite the script’s name-dropping of Rochester, Ithaca and the Bills — fun for an Upstate boy like myself — none of the cast’s leading men is particularly believable as a blue-collar steel worker from that hardscrabble corner of the world. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "‘The Full Monty’: Fun can be enough | Review," 5 Aug. 2019 Each beetle then races to tear off a chunk, roll it away, bury it, and devour the droppings before the other dung beetles can steal it for their own. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "Dung beetles have a surprisingly sophisticated way of navigating the world," 24 June 2019 A decade ago, the small plot was dark and covered with dog droppings and cigarette butts. Sarah Meehan, baltimoresun.com, "You asked: Why is there so much litter in Baltimore? We dug into the city's trash problem.," 18 June 2019 Of these five, three exhibited embryonic development; two later died of fungal infections unrelated to their ingestion by waterfowl, while one successfully hatched 49 days after removal from the dropping. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "A Swan Swallowed This Fish Egg, Pooped It Out—and Then 49 Days Later, It Hatched," 18 June 2019 Finally, there's the combo pack option, which packages the droppings of all three animals and is only available in the gallon size option. Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, "If you leave your wait staff a bad Yelp review, you might get poop in return," 11 June 2019 Equal parts raunchy and trippy, the film strings together a series of hazy set pieces involving everything from a van made of marijuana to a gigantic joint packed with dog droppings. Noel Murray, latimes.com, "New video: 'Phantom Thread' is a beautifully made art piece," 7 Apr. 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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miscellaneous remnants or debris

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