A ladder and dropcloth in a room ready to be painted.
The definition of a dropcloth, or a drop cloth, is a large piece of fabric or plastic that is put down while painting to protect surfaces against dripping paint.
An example of a dropcloth is the paint-splattered tarp that painters bring in when painting a room.
a large piece of cloth or plastic, used to cover floors, furniture, etc. as a protection against dripping paint, etc.