Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The smallest quantity of liquid heavy enough to fall in a spherical mass. See Table at measurement.
  • n. A small quantity of a substance.
  • n. Liquid medicine administered in drops.
  • n. A trace or hint: not a drop of pity.
  • n. Something shaped or hanging like a drop.
  • n. A small globular piece of hard candy.
  • n. The act of falling; descent.
  • n. A swift decline or decrease, as in quality, quantity, or intensity.
  • n. The vertical distance from a higher to a lower level.
  • n. The distance through which something falls or drops.
  • n. A sheer incline, such as the face of a cliff.
  • n. A descent by parachute.
  • n. Personnel and equipment landed by means of parachute.
  • n. Something, such as a trapdoor on a gallows, that is arranged to fall or be lowered.
  • n. A drop curtain.
  • n. A slot through which something is deposited in a receptacle.
  • n. A central place or establishment where something, such as mail, is brought and subsequently distributed.
  • n. A predetermined location for the deposit and subsequent removal of secret communications or illicit goods, such as drugs.
  • n. The act of depositing such communications or materials.
  • n. Electronics A connection made available for an input or output unit on a transmission line.
  • intransitive v. To fall in drops.
  • intransitive v. To fall from a higher to a lower place or position.
  • intransitive v. To become less, as in number, intensity, or volume.
  • intransitive v. To descend from one level to another.
  • intransitive v. To fall or sink into a state of exhaustion or death.
  • intransitive v. To pass or slip into a specified state or condition: dropped into a doze; drop out of sight.
  • intransitive v. Sports To fall or roll into a basket or hole. Used of a ball.
  • transitive v. To let fall by releasing hold of.
  • transitive v. To let fall in drops.
  • transitive v. To cause to become less; reduce: drop the rate of production.
  • transitive v. To cause to fall, as by hitting or shooting.
  • transitive v. Sports To hurl or strike (a ball) into a basket or hole.
  • transitive v. To give birth to. Used of animals.
  • transitive v. To say or offer casually: drop a hint; drop a name.
  • transitive v. To write at one's leisure: drop me a note.
  • transitive v. To cease consideration or treatment of: dropped the matter altogether.
  • transitive v. To terminate an association or a relationship with. See Synonyms at dismiss.
  • transitive v. To leave unfinished: drop everything and help.
  • transitive v. To leave out (a letter, for example) in speaking or writing.
  • transitive v. To leave or set down at a particular place; unload.
  • transitive v. Informal To spend, especially lavishly or rashly: "dropping $50,000 in an Atlantic City casino” ( George F. Will).
  • transitive v. To parachute.
  • transitive v. To lower the level of (the voice).
  • transitive v. To lose (a game or contest, for example).
  • transitive v. Slang To take, as a drug, by mouth: drop acid.
  • drop back Football 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.
  • drop off To decrease: Sales dropped off in the fourth quarter.
  • drop out To withdraw from participation, as in a game, club, or school.
  • drop out To withdraw from established society, especially because of disillusion with conventional values.
  • idiom at the drop of a hat Immediately; without delay: would sign the contract at the drop of a hat.
  • idiom at the drop of a hat With only the slightest provocation: ready to argue at the drop of a hat.
  • idiom drop a dime Slang To make a telephone call, especially to the police to inform on or betray someone.
  • idiom drop in the bucket A small, inadequate quantity.
  • idiom get To achieve a distinct advantage over.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.
  • n. The space or distance below a cliff or other high position into which someone or something could fall.
  • n. A fall, descent; an act of dropping.
  • n. A place where items or supplies may be left for others to collect, sometimes associated with criminal activity; a drop-off point.
  • n. An instance of dropping supplies or making a delivery, sometimes associated with delivery of supplies by parachute.
  • n. a small amount of an alcoholic beverage; or when used with the definite article (the drop), alcoholic spirits in general.
  • n. A single measure of whisky.
  • n. A small, round, sweet piece of hard candy, e.g. a lemon drop; a lozenge.
  • n. A dropped pass.
  • n. Short for drop-back or drop back.
  • n. In a woman, the difference between bust circumference and hip circumference; in a man, the difference between chest circumference and waist circumference.
  • n. Any item dropped by defeated enemies.
  • n. 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.
  • v. To fail to make a catch from a batted ball that would have lead to the batsman being out.
  • v. to dispose (of); get rid of; to remove; to lose
  • v. to eject; to dismiss; to cease to include, as if on a list.
  • v. To impart.
  • v. To release to the public.
  • v. To enter public distribution.
  • v. To cancel or end a scheduled event, project or course
  • v. To cook, especially by deep-frying or grilling.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quantity of fluid which falls in one small spherical mass; a liquid globule; a minim; hence, also, the smallest easily measured portion of a fluid; a small quantity.
  • n. That which resembles, or that which hangs like, a liquid drop; as a hanging diamond ornament, an earring, a glass pendant on a chandelier, a sugarplum (sometimes medicated), or a kind of shot or slug.
  • n.
  • n. Same as Gutta.
  • n. Any small pendent ornament.
  • n. Whatever is arranged to drop, hang, or fall from an elevated position; also, a contrivance for lowering something.
  • n. A door or platform opening downward; a trap door; that part of the gallows on which a culprit stands when he is to be hanged; hence, the gallows itself.
  • n. A machine for lowering heavy weights, as packages, coal wagons, etc., to a ship's deck.
  • n. A contrivance for temporarily lowering a gas jet.
  • n. A curtain which drops or falls in front of the stage of a theater, etc.
  • n. A drop press or drop hammer.
  • n. The distance of the axis of a shaft below the base of a hanger.
  • n. Any medicine the dose of which is measured by drops.
  • n. The depth of a square sail; -- generally applied to the courses only.
  • n. Act of dropping; sudden fall or descent.
  • intransitive v. To fall in drops.
  • intransitive v. To fall, in general, literally or figuratively
  • intransitive v. To let drops fall; to discharge itself in drops.
  • intransitive v. To fall dead, or to fall in death.
  • intransitive v. To come to an end; to cease; to pass out of mind.
  • intransitive v. To come unexpectedly; -- with in or into.
  • intransitive v. To fall or be depressed; to lower.
  • intransitive v. To fall short of a mark.
  • intransitive v. To be deep in extent; to descend perpendicularly.
  • transitive v. To pour or let fall in drops; to pour in small globules; to distill.
  • transitive v. To cause to fall in one portion, or by one motion, like a drop; to let fall
  • transitive v. To let go; to dismiss; to set aside; to have done with; to discontinue; to forsake; to give up; to omit.
  • transitive v. To bestow or communicate by a suggestion; to let fall in an indirect, cautious, or gentle manner
  • transitive v. To lower, as a curtain, or the muzzle of a gun, etc.
  • transitive v. To send, as a letter.
  • transitive v. To give birth to.
  • transitive v. To cover with drops; to variegate; to bedrop.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fall in small portions or globules, as a liquid.
  • To let drops fall; drip; discharge in drops.
  • To fall; descend; sink to a lower position or level.
  • Specifically, to lie down, as a dog.
  • To die, especially to die suddenly; fall dead, as in battle.
  • To come to an end; be allowed to cease;be neglected and come to nothing.
  • To fall short of a mark.
  • To fall lower in state or condition; sink;be depressed; come into a state of collapse orquiescence.
  • Nautical, to have a certain drop, or depth from top to bottom: said of a sail.
  • To pour or let fall in small portions, globules, or drops, as a liquid: as, to drop a medicine.
  • To sprinkle with or as if with drops; variegate, as if by sprinkling with drops; bedrop:as, a coat dropped with gold.
  • To let fall; allow to sink to a lower position; lower: as, to drop a stone; to drop the muzzle of a gun.
  • Hence To let fall from the womb; give birth to: said of ewes, etc.: as, to drop a lamb.
  • To cause to fall; hence, to kill, especially with a firearm.
  • To let go; dismiss; lay aside; break off from; omit: as, to drop an affair or a controversy; to drop an acquaintance; to drop a letter from a word.
  • To utter as if casually: as, to drop a word in favor of a friend.
  • To write and send (a note) in an offhand manner: as, drop me a line.
  • To set down from a carriage.
  • To write a letter or note.
  • In archery, to fall short of the mark aimed at: said of an arrow.
  • To show a tendency to lower the shoulders, due to weakness of the muscles: said of a horse.
  • to drop asleep;
  • die peacefully, and as if unobserved;
  • become less regular; fail gradually: as, he began to drop off in his visits.
  • To lose or part with: as, to drop a thousand dollars at poker.
  • n. A mass of water or other liquid so small that the surface-tension brings it into a spherical shape more or less modified by gravity, adhesion, etc.; a globule: as, a drop of blood; a drop of laudanum.
  • n. Something that resembles such a drop of liquid, as a pendent diamond ornament, an earring, or a glass pendant of a chandelier: specifically applied to varieties of sugar-plums and to medicated candies prepared in a similar form: as, lemon-drops; cough-drops.
  • n. Specifically, in heraldry, the representation of a drop of liquid, usually globular below and tapering to a point above. Drops of different colors are considered as teardrops, drops of blood, etc., and are blazoned accordingly. See gutté.
  • n. Any small quantity of liquid: as, he had not drunk a drop.
  • n. Hence—4. A minute quantity of anything: as, he. has not a drop of honor, or of magnanimity.
  • n. plural Any liquid medicine the dose of which consists of a certain number of drops.
  • n. A piece of gut used by anglers on casting-lines.
  • n. A Scotch unit of weight, the sixteenth part of an ounce, nearly equal to 30 grains English troy weight.
  • n. The act of dropping; drip.
  • n. In mech., a contrivance arranged so as to drop, fall, or hang from a higher position, or to lower objects.
  • n. In architecture, one of the small cylinders or truncated cones depending from the mutule of the Doric cornice and the member upon the architrave immediately under the triglyph of the same order; a trunnel.
  • n. In machinery, the interval between the base of a hanger and the shaft below.
  • n. Nautical, the depth of a sail from head to foot in the middle: applied to courses only, hoist being applied to other square sails.
  • n. In. fortification, the deepest part of a ditch in front of an embrasure or at the sides of a caponiere.
  • n. In entomology, a small circular spot, clear or light, in a semi-transparent sur-face: used principally in describing the wings of Diptera.
  • n.
  • n. In electricity, a fall of potential.
  • n. A steep slope.
  • n. A disease of lettuce, caused by the fungus, Sclerotinia Libertiana.
  • n. A fall or sudden vertical descent, as from a height or from a general level, either in space, or from some known position or condition, as in prices, values, temperature, etc.: as, an unexpected drop in the rate of discount; a drop in the price of steel.
  • n. The distance through which, or the extent to which, anything drops: as, a drop of twenty feet; a drop of ten points in copper; a drop of twenty degrees in temperature in as many hours.
  • n. In tabular work, a drop-line.
  • n. In baseball, a ball so delivered by the pitcher that it shoots downward.
  • n. In tennis, a ball so struck by the racket as to shoot sharply downward after crossing the net.
  • n. A patent-leather ornament, pear-shaped or of other ornamental form, used on the face-straps and hip-straps of a harness.
  • n. The newly born young of animals: most commonly used in speaking of sheep.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a sudden sharp decrease in some quantity
  • v. fall or descend to a lower place or level
  • v. fall or sink into a state of exhaustion or death
  • n. the act of dropping something
  • v. take (a drug, especially LSD), by mouth
  • v. cause to fall by or as if by delivering a blow
  • v. stop associating with
  • v. get rid of
  • n. a shape that is spherical and small
  • v. give birth; used for animals
  • v. terminate an association with
  • n. a small indefinite quantity (especially of a liquid)
  • v. to fall vertically
  • n. a steep high face of rock
  • v. leave undone or leave out
  • v. let or cause to fall in drops
  • v. go down in value
  • v. omit (a letter or syllable) in speaking or writing
  • v. hang freely
  • v. utter with seeming casualness
  • v. grow worse
  • n. a predetermined hiding place for the deposit and distribution of illicit goods (such as drugs or stolen property)
  • v. change from one level to another
  • n. a free and rapid descent by the force of gravity
  • v. leave or unload
  • n. a central depository where things can be left or picked up
  • v. let fall to the ground
  • v. lower the pitch of (musical notes)
  • n. a curtain that can be lowered and raised onto a stage from the flies; often used as background scenery
  • v. lose (a game)
  • v. stop pursuing or acting
  • v. pay out

Etymologies

Middle English droppe, from Old English dropa.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English dropa. (Wiktionary)
Old English dropian. (Wiktionary)

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  • in mountain biking, it's a drop off in a trail as a technical feature.

    January 12, 2013

  • Nigerian English - 1. A taxi journey e.g Oga, na fifty Naira per drop. 2. To alight from a bus. 3. Pay up 4. Monetary bribe.

    September 17, 2008