Drop meaning

drŏp
A trace or hint.

Not a drop of pity.

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The definition of a drop is a small amount of something, especially a liquid.

An example of drop is when you have a little bead of liquid on a glass.

An example of drop is a rain drop.

An example of drop is when you have only a tiny amount of shampoo left.

An example of drop is a little bit of alcohol.

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The act of falling; descent.

The drop of the curtain; the sun's drop toward the horizon.

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To leave out (a letter, for example) in speaking or writing.
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A swift decline or decrease, as in quality, quantity, or intensity.

A drop in sales.

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A sheer incline, such as the face of a cliff.

Stay clear of the drop.

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Something, such as a trapdoor on a gallows, that is arranged to fall or be lowered.
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A drop curtain.
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A slot through which something is deposited in a receptacle.
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A central place or establishment where something, such as mail, is brought and subsequently distributed.
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(electronics) A connection made available for an input or output unit on a transmission line.
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To fall in drops.

Rain dropping from an umbrella.

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To fall from a higher to a lower place or position.

The plate dropped onto the floor.

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To become less, as in number, intensity, or volume.

The temperature dropped below 0.

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To move or descend from one height or level to another.

He dropped into a crouch. The sun dropped below the horizon.

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To fall or sink into a state of exhaustion or death.
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To pass or slip into a specified state or condition.

Dropped into a doze; drop out of sight.

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(sports) To fall or roll into a basket or hole. Used of a ball.
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To let fall by releasing hold of.

I dropped the towel onto the floor.

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To let fall in drops.

Drop the medicine into the ear.

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To cause to become less; reduce.

Drop the rate of production.

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To cause to fall, as by hitting or shooting.

Dropped him with a left hook.

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(sports) To hurl or strike (a ball) into a basket or hole.
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To give birth to. Used of animals.
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To say or offer casually.

Drop a hint; drop a name.

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To write at one's leisure.

Drop me a note.

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To cease consideration or treatment of.

Dropped the matter altogether.

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To terminate an association or a relationship with.

An actor who was dropped by the talent agency.

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To leave unfinished.

Drop everything and help.

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To leave or set down at a particular place; unload.

I dropped the book in your office.

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(informal) To spend, especially lavishly or rashly.
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To airdrop (supplies, for example).
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To lower the level of (the voice).
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To lose (a game or contest, for example).
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(slang) To take, as a drug, by mouth.

Drop acid.

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A small quantity of liquid that is somewhat spherical, as when falling.
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A very small quantity of liquid.
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Liquid medicine taken or applied in drops.
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A very small quantity of anything.
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A thing like a drop in shape or size, as a pendent earring or a small piece of candy.
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The act or fact of dropping; a fall, descent, slump, or decrease.

A drop in prices.

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The dropping of troops or supplies by parachute; airdrop.
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Anything that drops or is used for dropping or covering something, as a drop curtain or piece of theater scenery, a drop hammer, or a trapdoor.
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A receptacle or slot into which something is dropped.
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The distance between a higher and lower level; distance through which anything falls or sinks.
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To fall in drops.
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To fall; come down.
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To fall exhausted, wounded, or dead.
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To pass into a specified state, esp. into a less active or less desirable one.

To drop off to sleep.

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To come to an end or to nothing.

To let a matter drop.

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To become lower or less, as temperatures, prices, etc.
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To move down with a current of water or air.
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To let or make fall; release hold of.
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To give birth to.
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To utter (a suggestion, hint, etc.) casually.
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To send (a letter)
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To cause to fall, as by wounding, killing, or hitting.
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To make lower or less; lower or lessen.
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To make (the voice) less loud.
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To drop (troops or supplies) by parachute; airdrop.
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To leave (a person or thing) at a specified place.
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(informal) To get rid of or eliminate (something unneeded, unwanted, or problematic)

To drop thirty pounds, a bad habit, etc.

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(slang) To take (a hallucinogenic drug, barbiturate, etc.) orally.
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A small amount of a liquid, drawn into a roughly spherical mass by surface tension.
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The quantity of liquid contained in such a mass, especially when measured out by a dropper.
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Liquid medicine administered in drops.
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To let fall in drops.

Drop the medicine into the ear.

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To give birth to. Used of animals.
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The portion of a local loop that extends from a distribution cable terminal to a customer's building. A drop, or drop wire, generally is in the form of a cable containing one to five twisted pairs, or perhaps one or two optical fibers. The term refers to the fact that the small cable often drops from a larger aerial cable suspended above the ground from poles. See also cable and local loop.
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The portion of an inside wire and cable system that drops from a false ceiling, also known as drop ceiling, perhaps connecting to a pre-wired cubicle or electrical pole, rather than directly to an electrically powered device.
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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.

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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.

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A fall, descent; an act of dropping.

That was a long drop, but fortunately I didn't break any bones.

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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.

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(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.

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(Ireland, informal) A single measure of whisky.
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A small, round, sweet piece of hard candy, e.g. a lemon drop; a lozenge.
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(American football) A dropped pass.

Yet another drop for the Tiger tight end.

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(American football) Short for drop-back or drop back.

The Tiger quarterback took a one-step drop, expecting his tight end to be open.

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In a woman, the difference between bust circumference and hip circumference; in a man, the difference between chest circumference and waist circumference.
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(video games, online gaming) Any item dropped by defeated enemies.
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(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.
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(US, banking, dated) An unsolicited credit card issue.
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The vertical length of a hanging curtain.
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That which resembles or hangs like a liquid drop: a hanging diamond ornament, an earring, a glass pendant on a chandelier, etc.
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(architecture) A gutta.
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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.
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A drop press or drop hammer.
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(engineering) The distance of the axis of a shaft below the base of a hanger.
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(nautical) The depth of a square sail; generally applied to the courses only.

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(intransitive) To fall in droplets (of a liquid). [from 11th c.]
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To drip (a liquid). [form 14th c.]
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(intransitive) Generally, to fall (straight down). [from 14th c.]

A single shot was fired and the bird dropped from the sky.

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(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.

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(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.

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(intransitive) To come to an end (by not being kept up); to stop. [from 17th c.]
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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.

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(slang) To part with or spend (money). [from 17th c.]
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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?

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(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.

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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.

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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!

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(linguistics) To fail to write, or (especially) to pronounce (a syllable, letter etc.). [from 19th c.]

Cockneys drop their aitches.

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(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.

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(slang) To swallow (a drug), particularly LSD. [from 20th c.]

They had never dropped acid.

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To dispose (of); get rid of; to remove; to lose.

I dropped ten pounds and an obnoxious fiancée.

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To eject; to dismiss; to cease to include, as if on a list.

I've been dropped from the football team.

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(slang) To impart.

I drop knowledge wherever I go. Yo, I drop rhymes like nobody's business.

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(music, African American Vernacular) To release to the public.

They dropped "Hip-Hop Xmas" in time for the holidays.

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(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.

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(intransitive, music, African American Vernacular) To enter public distribution.

"Hip-Hop Xmas" dropped in time for the holidays.

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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.

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(fast food) To cook, especially by deep-frying or grilling.

Drop a basket of fries.

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(intransitive, of a voice) To lower in timbre, often relating to puberty.

Billy's voice dropped suddenly when he turned 12.

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(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.

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(intransitive, of people) To visit informally; used with in or by.

Drop by soon; drop in on her tomorrow.

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To give birth to.

To drop a lamb.

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To cover with drops; to variegate; to bedrop.
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To drop is defined as to fall down, to cause something to fall down to the ground or to become lower or less.

An example of drop is when a spoon falls to the ground.

An example of drop is when you let a spoon slip out of your hands and it falls to the ground.

An example of drop is when you get a demotion and experience a decline in pay.

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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.

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at the drop of a hat
  • Immediately; without delay:
    Would sign the contract at the drop of a hat.
  • With only the slightest provocation:
    Ready to argue at the drop of a hat.
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(slang) drop a dime
  • To make a telephone call, especially to the police to inform on or betray someone.
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drop in the bucket
  • A small, inadequate quantity.
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drop the ball
  • To make a mistake or fail to do something important.
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get
  • To achieve a distinct advantage over.
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a drop in the bucket
  • an insufficient or trifling amount
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at the drop of a hat
  • immediately; at the slightest provocation
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drop back
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drop behind
  • to be outdistanced; fall behind
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drop in
  • to pay a casual or unexpected visit
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drop off
  • to become fewer or less; decline; decrease
  • to fall asleep
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drop out
  • to stop being a member or participant; specif., to withdraw from school, esp. high school, before graduating
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get (or have) the drop on
  • to draw and aim one's gun at (another) more quickly than the person can draw and aim at one
  • to get (or have) any advantage over
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Origin of drop

  • Middle English droppe from Old English dropa dhreu- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English dropa.

    From Wiktionary

  • Old English dropian.

    From Wiktionary