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drop

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noun, often attributive \ˈdräp\

Definition of drop

  1. 1a (1) :  the quantity of fluid that falls in one spherical mass a drop of rain (2) drops plural :  a dose of medicine measured by drops eye drops for dilating the pupil of the eyeb :  a minute quantity or degree of something nonmaterial or intangible not a drop of meanness in herc :  a small quantity of drink hasn't touched a drop of alcohol in three yearsd :  the smallest practical unit of liquid measure

  2. 2 :  something that resembles a liquid drop: such asa :  a pendent ornament attached to a piece of jewelry; also :  an earring with such a pendantb :  a small globular cookie or candy sucking on lemon drops

  3. 3 [2drop] a :  the act or an instance of dropping :  fall a sudden, short drop in an elevatorb :  a decline in quantity or quality His income took a sudden drop. a drop in demandc :  a descent by parachute; also :  the people or equipment dropped by parachute expecting another drop this weekd :  a place or central depository to which something (such as mail, money, or stolen property) is brought for distribution or transmission left the package at the drop; also :  the act of depositing something at such a place made the drop

  4. 4a :  the distance from a higher to a lower level or through which something drops It's a twenty-foot drop from the top of the fence. a steep dropb electrical engineering :  a decrease in electric potential (see 2potential 2b)

  5. 5 :  a slot into which something is to be dropped

  6. 6 [2drop] :  something that drops, hangs, or falls: such asa :  a movable plate that covers the keyhole of a lockb :  an unframed piece of cloth stage scenery; also :  drop curtainc :  a hinged platform on a gallowsd :  a fallen fruit

  7. 7 :  the advantage of having an opponent covered (see 1cover 1b(2)) with a firearm; broadly :  advantage, superiority —usually used in the phrase get the drop on waiting to get the drop on me

  8. 8 :  a move back from the line of scrimmage (as in preparation for making a forward pass) a quick drop

at the drop of a hat

  1. :  as soon as the slightest provocation is given :  immediately loses her temper at the drop of a hat

drop in the bucket

  1. :  a part so small as to be negligible

Examples of drop in a Sentence

  1. He squeezed the bottle until a few drops came out.

  2. She doesn't have a single drop of selfishness in her.

  3. The poet wrings the last drop of meaning from every word.

Origin and Etymology of drop

Middle English, from Old English dropa; akin to Old High German tropfo drop


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drop

verb

Definition of drop

dropped

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dropping

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to fall in drops

  3. 2a (1) :  to fall (see 1fall 1a) unexpectedly or suddenly The book dropped from her hand. (2) :  to descend (see descend 1) from one line or level to another the land drops to sea levelb :  to fall in a state of collapse (see 2collapse 1b) or death dropped from exhaustionc of a playing card :  to become played by reason of the obligation to follow suitd :  to fall or roll into a hole or basket

  4. 3 :  to enter or pass as if without conscious effort of will (see 2will 4a) into some state, condition, or activity dropped into sleep

  5. 4a :  to cease to be of concern :  lapse let the matter dropb :  to pass from view or notice :  disappear —often used with out drop out of sightc :  to become less production dropped —often used with off

  6. 5 nautical :  to move with a favoring wind or current —usually used with down We dropped down the harbor.

  7. transitive verb
  8. 1 :  to let fall :  cause to fall dropped the ball dropping bombs on the city

  9. 2a :  give up 2, abandon drop an idea drop the chargesb :  discontinue dropped what she was doingc :  to break off an association or connection with :  dismiss drop her old friends was dropped by his sponsors students who dropped the class

  10. 3a :  to utter or mention in a casual way drop a suggestion drop namesb :  write drop us a line soon

  11. 4a :  to lower or cause to descend from one level or position to another drop the hem two inches drop the water levelb :  to cause to lessen or decrease :  reduce dropped his speed

  12. 5 of an animal :  to give birth to

  13. 6a :  lose dropped three games dropped $50 in a poker gameb :  spend drop $20 for lunchc :  to get rid of dropped 20 pounds

  14. 7a :  to bring down with a shot or a blow dropped the buck with one shot dropping the world champion in the ringb card games :  to cause a cardholder to unwillingly play (a high card) dropped her acec :  to toss or roll into a hole or basket drop a putt

  15. 8a :  to deposit or deliver during a usually brief stop —usually used with off drop the kids off at schoolb :  air-drop drop the supplies to the medical team

  16. 9 :  to cause (the voice) to be less loud

  17. 10a linguistics :  to leave (a letter representing a speech sound) unsounded drop the g in runningb :  to leave out in writing :  omit accidentally dropped a whole line

  18. 11 :  to draw from an external point drop a perpendicular to the line

  19. 12 :  to take (a drug) orally :  swallow drop acid

droppable

play \ˈdrä-pə-bəl\ adjective

drop a dime

  1. :  to inform authorities (such as the police) of another's wrongdoing

drop behind

  1. :  to fail to keep up

drop the ball

  1. :  to make a mistake especially by failing to take timely, effective, or proper action

Examples of drop in a Sentence

  1. Be careful not to drop the chair on your foot.

  2. She dropped the apple core into the trash can.

  3. They dropped bombs on the city.

  4. He dropped the vase and it shattered into pieces.

  5. The player dropped the ball.

  6. The pen rolled to the edge of the table and dropped to the floor.

  7. The book dropped from my hand.

  8. The ball dropped between the right and center fielders.

  9. She was so tired she felt she would drop.

  10. He worked until he dropped.

Origin and Etymology of drop

see 1drop


DROP Defined for English Language Learners

drop

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noun

Definition of drop for English Language Learners

  • : a very small amount of liquid that falls in a rounded shape

  • : a small amount of a drink

  • : a small amount of something (such as a quality)

drop

verb

Definition of drop for English Language Learners

  • : to let (something) fall

  • : to fall

  • : to lie down or fall down suddenly


DROP Defined for Kids

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drop

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noun \ˈdräp\

Definition of drop for Students

  1. 1 :  a small amount of liquid that falls in a rounded shape

  2. 2 drops plural :  liquid medicine measured by drops ear drops

  3. 3 :  something (as a small round candy) that is shaped like a liquid drop

  4. 4 :  a small amount I'll have just a drop of tea.

  5. 5 :  the distance of a fall a 20-foot drop

  6. 6 :  a decrease in amount or quality a drop in sales

  7. 7 :  an act of delivering something :  a place where something is left to be picked up a mail drop


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drop

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verb

Definition of drop for Students

dropped

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dropping

  1. 1 :  to fall or let fall often by accident I dropped my ice cream cone!

  2. 2 :  to go down suddenly The cliff drops straight down.

  3. 3 :  to go or make lower The temperature dropped. He dropped his voice.

  4. 4 :  to become less or make less Business has dropped.

  5. 5 :  lose 5

  6. 6 :  disappear 1 They dropped out of sight.

  7. 7 :  to stop or let end Let the matter drop.

  8. 8 :  quit Don't drop out of school.

  9. 9 :  to make a brief visit We dropped in on a friend.

  10. 10 :  to deliver with a quick stop Mom dropped us off at school.

  11. 11 :  send 1 Drop me a note.

drop off

  1. :  to fall asleep


Medical Dictionary

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drop

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noun \ˈdräp\

Medical Definition of drop

  1. 1a:  the quantity of fluid that falls in one spherical massbdrops plural :  a dose of medicine measured by drops eye drops for dilating the pupil of the eye

  2. 2:  the smallest practical unit of liquid measure that varies in size according to the specific gravity and viscosity of the liquid and to the conditions under which it is formed—compare minim


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drop

verb

Medical Definition of drop

dropped

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dropping

  1. intransitive verb

  2. :  to fall in drops

  3. 1

  4. transitive verb

  5. of an animal :  to give birth to lambs dropped in June

  6. 2:  to take (a drug) orally drop acid



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