a. A small amount of a liquid, drawn into a roughly spherical mass by surface tension.
b. The quantity of liquid contained in such a mass, especially when measured out by a dropper.
c. drops Liquid medicine administered in drops.
d. A small quantity of a liquid: There isn't a drop of milk left.
e. Informal An alcoholic drink: a man known to have a drop now and then.
- A trace or hint: not a drop of pity.
a. Something, such as an earring, shaped or hanging like a drop.
b. A small globular piece of hard candy.
- The act of falling; descent: the drop of the curtain; the sun's drop toward the horizon.
- A swift decline or decrease, as in quality, quantity, or intensity: a drop in sales.
a. The vertical distance from a higher to a lower level: The cliff has a drop of 50 feet.
b. The distance through which something falls or drops.
- A sheer incline, such as the face of a cliff: Stay clear of the drop.
a. A descent or delivery of something by parachute: made a drop of supplies to the explorers.
b. Personnel and equipment landed by means of parachute.
- Something, such as a trapdoor on a gallows, that is arranged to fall or be lowered.
- A drop curtain.
- A slot through which something is deposited in a receptacle.
- A central place or establishment where something, such as mail, is brought and subsequently distributed.
a. A predetermined location for the deposit and subsequent removal of secret communications or illicit goods, such as drugs.
b. The act of depositing such communications or materials.
- Electronics A connection made available for an input or output unit on a transmission line.
verbdropped, drop·ping, drops
- To fall in drops: rain dropping from an umbrella.
- To fall from a higher to a lower place or position: The plate dropped onto the floor.
- To become less, as in number, intensity, or volume: The temperature dropped below 0.
- To move or descend from one height or level to another: He dropped into a crouch. The sun dropped below the horizon.
- To fall or sink into a state of exhaustion or death.
- To pass or slip into a specified state or condition: dropped into a doze; drop out of sight.
- Sports To fall or roll into a basket or hole. Used of a ball.
Phrasal Verbs: drop back Football
- To let fall by releasing hold of: I dropped the towel onto the floor.
- To let fall in drops: drop the medicine into the ear.
- To cause to become less; reduce: drop the rate of production.
- To cause to fall, as by hitting or shooting: dropped him with a left hook.
- Sports To hurl or strike (a ball) into a basket or hole.
- To give birth to. Used of animals.
- To say or offer casually: drop a hint; drop a name.
- To write at one's leisure: drop me a note.
- To cease consideration or treatment of: dropped the matter altogether.
- To terminate an association or a relationship with: an actor who was dropped by the talent agency.
- To leave unfinished: drop everything and help.
- To leave out (a letter, for example) in speaking or writing.
- To leave or set down at a particular place; unload: I dropped the book in your office.
- Informal To spend, especially lavishly or rashly: “dropping $50,000 in an Atlantic City casino” ( George F. Will )
- To airdrop (supplies, for example).
- To lower the level of (the voice).
- To lose (a game or contest, for example).
- Slang To take, as a drug, by mouth: drop acid.
To back away from the line of scrimmage. drop behind
To fall behind: dropped behind the rest of the class during her illness. drop by
To stop in for a short visit. drop off
To fall asleep.To decrease: Sales dropped off in the fourth quarter. drop out
To withdraw from participation, as in a game, club, or school.To withdraw from established society, especially because of disillusion with conventional values. drop over
To stop in for a short visit.
Origin of drop
Middle English droppe from
Old English dropa
; see dhreu-
in Indo-European roots.
- A small mass of liquid just large enough to hold its own weight via surface tension, usually one that falls from a source of liquid.
- Put three drops of oil into the mixture.
- The space or distance below a cliff or other high position into which someone or something could fall.
- On one side of the road was a 50-foot drop.
- A fall, descent; an act of dropping.
- That was a long drop, but fortunately I didn't break any bones.
- A place where items or supplies may be left for others to collect, sometimes associated with criminal activity; a drop-off point.
- I left the plans at the drop, like you asked.
- An instance of dropping supplies or making a delivery, sometimes associated with delivery of supplies by parachute.
- The delivery driver has to make three more drops before lunch.
- (chiefly UK) a small amount of an alcoholic beverage; or when used with the definite article (the drop), alcoholic spirits in general.
- He usually enjoys a drop after dinner.
- It doesn't matter where you're from; anyone who enjoys the drop is a friend of mine.
- (Ireland, informal) A single measure of whisky.
- A small, round, sweet piece of hard candy, e.g. a lemon drop; a lozenge.
- (American football) A dropped pass.
- Yet another drop for the Tiger tight end.
- (American football) Short for drop-back or drop back.
- The Tiger quarterback took a one-step drop, expecting his tight end to be open.
- In a woman, the difference between bust circumference and hip circumference; in a man, the difference between chest circumference and waist circumference.
- (video games, online gaming) Any item dropped by defeated enemies.
- (music) A point in a song, usually electronic styled music such as dubstep, house and trance, where everything is played at once, also known highlight, or climax.
- (US, banking, dated) an unsolicited credit card issue
- The vertical length of a hanging curtain.
- That which resembles or hangs like a liquid drop: a hanging diamond ornament, an earring, a glass pendant on a chandelier, etc.
- (architecture) A gutta.
- A mechanism for lowering something, such as: a trapdoor; a machine for lowering heavy weights onto a ship's deck; a device for temporarily lowering a gas jet; a curtain which falls in front of a theatrical stage; etc.
- A drop press or drop hammer.
- (engineering) The distance of the axis of a shaft below the base of a hanger.
- (nautical) The depth of a square sail; generally applied to the courses only.
From Old English dropa.
(third-person singular simple present drops, present participle dropping, simple past and past participle dropped)
- (intransitive) To fall in droplets (of a liquid). [from 11th c.]
- To drip (a liquid). [form 14th c.]
- (intransitive) Generally, to fall (straight down). [from 14th c.]
- A single shot was fired and the bird dropped from the sky.
- (ergative) To let fall; to allow to fall (either by releasing hold of, or losing one's grip on). [from 14th c.]
- Don't drop that plate! The police ordered the men to drop their weapons.
- (intransitive) To sink quickly to the ground. [from 15th c.]
- Drop and give me thirty push-ups, private! If your clothes are on fire, stop, drop and roll.
- (intransitive) To come to an end (by not being kept up); to stop. [from 17th c.]
- To mention casually or incidentally, usually in conversation. [from 17th c.]
- The moderator would drop hints whenever the students struggled. She would sometimes drop off to sleep straight after dinner.
- (slang) To part with or spend (money). [from 17th c.]
- To cease concerning oneself over; to have nothing more to do with (a subject, discussion etc.). [from 17th c.]
- I'm tired of this subject. Will you just drop it?
- (intransitive) To lessen, decrease, or diminish in value, condition, degree, etc. [from 18th c.]
- The stock dropped 1.5% yesterday. We can take our vacation when the price of fuel drops. Watch for the temperature to drop sharply, then you'll know the reaction is complete.
- To let (a letter etc.) fall into a postbox; to send (a letter or message). [from 18th c.]
- Drop me a note when you get to the city.
- To make (someone or something) fall to the ground from a blow, gunshot etc.; to bring down, to shoot down. [from 18th c.]
- Make any sudden movements and I will drop you!
- (linguistics) To fail to write, or (especially) to pronounce (a syllable, letter etc.). [from 19th c.]
- Cockneys drop their aitches.
- (cricket, of a fielder) To fail to make a catch from a batted ball that would have lead to the batsman being out.
- Warne dropped Tendulkar on 99. Tendulkar went on to get a century next ball
- (slang) To swallow (a drug), particularly LSD. [from 20th c.]
- They had never dropped acid.
- to dispose (of); get rid of; to remove; to lose
- I dropped ten pounds and an obnoxious fiancée.
- to eject; to dismiss; to cease to include, as if on a list.
- I've been dropped from the football team.
- (slang) To impart.
- I drop knowledge wherever I go. Yo, I drop rhymes like nobody's business.
- (music, African American Vernacular) To release to the public.
- They dropped "Hip-Hop Xmas" in time for the holidays.
- (music) To play a portion of music in the manner of a disc jockey.
- That guy can drop the bass like a monster. I love it when he drops his funky beats.
- (intransitive, music, African American Vernacular) To enter public distribution.
- "Hip-Hop Xmas" dropped in time for the holidays.
- To cancel or end a scheduled event, project or course
- I had to drop calculus because it was taking up too much of my time and I couldn't go anymore.
- (fast food) To cook, especially by deep-frying or grilling.
- Drop a basket of fries.
- (intransitive, of a voice) To lower in timbre, often relating to puberty.
- Billy's voice dropped suddenly when he turned 12.
- (intransitive, of a sound or song) To lower in pitch, tempo, key, or other quality.
- The song, 180 beats per minute, drops to 150 BPM near the end. My synthesizer makes the notes sound funny when they drop below C2.
- (intransitive, of people) To visit informally; used with in or by.
- drop by soon; drop in on her tomorrow
- To give birth to.
- to drop a lamb
- To cover with drops; to variegate; to bedrop.
Old English dropian.