lop

noun
\ ˈläp How to pronounce lop (audio) \

Definition of lop

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: material cut away from a tree especially : parts discarded in lumbering
lopped; lopping

Definition of lop (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a(1) : to cut off branches or twigs from
(2) : to sever from a woody plant
b(1) archaic : to cut off the head or limbs of
(2) : to cut from a person
2a : to remove superfluous parts from
b : to eliminate as unnecessary or undesirable usually used with off
lopped; lopping

Definition of lop (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to hang downward : droop

Examples of lop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Oregon State is coming off a lop-sided loss at Arizona on Thursday in which its star player Tres Tinkle was ejected after a flagrant foul that came seemingly out of frustration. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "ASU basketball not taking Oregon State lightly," 21 Feb. 2020 Lopez was batting only because Counsell needed more innings out of him in a lop-sided game to save the rest of the bullpen. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers' ragged start at home only gets worse with lop-sided loss to lowly Cincinnati," 16 Apr. 2018 Ohio State will peak, and see the team that handed the Buckeyes their most lop-sided loss of the season. Bill Landis, cleveland.com, "Ohio State basketball could face Gonzaga in second round: Buckeyes NCAA Tournament path," 9 Nov. 2017 Penny, a 2 1/2-year-old French lop, loved every minute of it and happily relaxed while receiving her makeover. sacbee, "SPCA pet of the week: Penny | The Sacramento Bee," 5 Jan. 2018 Chase is a male lop-eared rabbit in need of a home. Washington Post, "Prince William County adopt a pet," 30 Aug. 2017 Poundstone, who reveals her personal life as a working single mother of three children as well as the cats, a dog, a bearded dragon lizard, a lop-eared bunny and one ant, sold out her 2013 performance at the Guthrie Theater. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, "Comedian Paula Poundstone brings search for happiness to the Fitz," 10 June 2017 Alex is especially fond of Marshmallow, 2-year-old Holland lop-eared rabbit. Joe Habina, charlotteobserver, "Rescue Ranch augments mission with an all-inclusive playground for kids," 21 May 2017 Prices: Grilled beef with lop leaf ($6), spring rolls ($6), egg rolls ($6), salt and pepper tofu ($14), vermicelli ($11) and papaya salad ($10) totaled $53, before tax and tip. Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, "Review: Popular Green Leaf restaurant comes to the North End," 27 Apr. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc, which makes turbines for the A330, fell to a four-year low after Citi analysts estimated that the production cutback lopped about 20 pence per share in fair value from the price of the British company’s shares. Charlotte Ryan, Bloomberg.com, "Airbus Weighs A330 Output Cut After Top Buyer Seeks Deferral," 10 May 2020 But instead of basking in thunderous applause and hollers from adoring fans, Kim loped across home plate to a smattering of claps from a few dozen reporters and league employees. Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times, "Missing Major League Baseball? Here’s Korean baseball to the rescue," 5 May 2020 There are a couple of lingering fancier offerings, but Rivera has effectively lopped off the entire top end of his menu. Joe Ray, Wired, "While Many Restaurants Struggle, Here's How One Is Thriving," 24 Mar. 2020 The EmDrive test device used by White and his colleagues was a copper frustum—a cone with its top lopped off—that was just under a foot long. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "NASA's EmDrive Leader Has a New Interstellar Project," 8 May 2020 Today's barrage of messages lopped off some of those gains. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Elon Musk Drags Tesla Stock Price Down with Tweet," 1 May 2020 Reducing a tree’s size by indiscriminately lopping off large branches, or topping, however, is not the answer. Rachael Baihn, Better Homes & Gardens, "4 Common Mistakes People Make When Caring for Their Trees," 27 Apr. 2020 If a newspaper were to be compared to a living organism, and its sections equated to body parts, then it’s fair to say some of its appendages have been partially lopped off and its lifeblood, event coverage, has been sapped. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Campus life comes to a halt but the Michigan Daily keeps publishing," 1 Apr. 2020 For consistent juicing, Tommy’s bartenders use a common elbow press juicer, and Bermejo trains his bartenders to lop off the nubby end of each lime half at its apex. Ali Bouzari, SFChronicle.com, "Housemade: How Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant highlights quality Tequila in its margaritas," 30 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In 2011, the collective bargaining agreement wasn’t signed until early August, lopping off a couple of early weeks of training camp, but the league played every game other than the Hall of Fame game as scheduled. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, "Colts hope to begin 'gradual and deliberate' reopening of team headquarters Tuesday," 18 May 2020 The EmDrive test device used by White and his colleagues was a copper frustum—a cone with its top lopped off—that was just under a foot long. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "NASA's EmDrive Leader Has a New Interstellar Project," 8 May 2020 Even so, the music’s gently loping tempos, day-dreamy tunefulness, air of yearning, and only occasional pangs of paranoia have proved well-suited for lockdown. The Atlantic Culture Desk, The Atlantic, "12 Free Things to Watch, Listen to, and Learn in Quarantine," 8 Apr. 2020 Finally, a video for one of the year’s most infectious pop songs, a casually-loping lite hip-hop ballad full of regret tempered with pity. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Mavis Staples’s Soulful Solidarity, and 10 More New Songs," 3 Apr. 2020 If a newspaper were to be compared to a living organism, and its sections equated to body parts, then it’s fair to say some of its appendages have been partially lopped off and its lifeblood, event coverage, has been sapped. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Campus life comes to a halt but the Michigan Daily keeps publishing," 1 Apr. 2020 Certainly, a decent number of those can be lopped off – no need for, say, the sales department to be around with the hotel at capacity for four months, and the spas and salons and other non-essential services could be shuttered. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Here's how difficult it would be to create an MLB bubble in Arizona," 8 Apr. 2020 The bass line is spattered with stop-start piano clusters; the song lopes forward through sweet falsetto harmonies, surreal electronics and — why not? — trombones answering Sumney’s voice. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Mavis Staples’s Soulful Solidarity, and 10 More New Songs," 3 Apr. 2020 There are a couple of lingering fancier offerings, but Rivera has effectively lopped off the entire top end of his menu. Joe Ray, Wired, "While Many Restaurants Struggle, Here's How One Is Thriving," 24 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of lop

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb (1)

1519, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb (2)

1578, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lop

Noun

Middle English loppe

Verb (2)

perhaps imitative

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“Lop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lop. Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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