Drop Definition

drŏp
dropped, dropping, drops
noun
drops
A small quantity of liquid that is somewhat spherical, as when falling.
Webster's New World
Liquid medicine taken or applied in drops.
Webster's New World
A very small quantity of liquid.
Webster's New World
An alcoholic drink.
A man known to have a drop now and then.
American Heritage
A trace or hint.
Not a drop of pity.
American Heritage
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verb
dropped, dropping, drops
To fall in drops.
Webster's New World
To fall from a higher to a lower place or position.
The plate dropped onto the floor.
American Heritage
To utter (a suggestion, hint, etc.) casually.
Webster's New World
To fall exhausted, wounded, or dead.
Webster's New World
To move or descend from one height or level to another.
He dropped into a crouch. The sun dropped below the horizon.
American Heritage
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other
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.
Webster's New World Telecom

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.

Webster's New World Telecom
idiom
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.

American Heritage
drop a dime
  • To make a telephone call, especially to the police to inform on or betray someone.
American Heritage
drop in the bucket
  • A small, inadequate quantity.
American Heritage
drop the ball
  • To make a mistake or fail to do something important.
American Heritage
get
  • To achieve a distinct advantage over.
American Heritage
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Other Word Forms of Drop

Noun

Singular:
drop
Plural:
drops

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

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