American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
- v. To fall in drops.
- v. To fall from a higher to a lower place or position.
- v. To become less, as in number, intensity, or volume.
- v. To descend from one level to another.
- v. To fall or sink into a state of exhaustion or death.
- v. To pass or slip into a specified state or condition: dropped into a doze; drop out of sight.
- v. Sports To fall or roll into a basket or hole. Used of a ball.
- v. To let fall by releasing hold of.
- v. To let fall in drops.
- v. To cause to become less; reduce: drop the rate of production.
- v. To cause to fall, as by hitting or shooting.
- v. Sports To hurl or strike (a ball) into a basket or hole.
- v. To give birth to. Used of animals.
- v. To say or offer casually: drop a hint; drop a name.
- v. To write at one's leisure: drop me a note.
- v. To cease consideration or treatment of: dropped the matter altogether.
- v. To terminate an association or a relationship with. See Synonyms at dismiss.
- v. To leave unfinished: drop everything and help.
- v. To leave out (a letter, for example) in speaking or writing.
- v. To leave or set down at a particular place; unload.
- v. Informal To spend, especially lavishly or rashly: "dropping $50,000 in an Atlantic City casino” ( George F. Will).
- v. To parachute.
- v. To lower the level of (the voice).
- v. To lose (a game or contest, for example).
- 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.
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.
- 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. A fly-hook is attached to the loose end of the drop, the other end being fastened to the casting-line.
- 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. Specifically— A trap-door in the scaffold of a usual form of gallows, upon which the criminal about to be executed is placed with the halter about his neck, and which is suddenly dropped or swung open on its hinges, letting him fall
- 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.
- 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. 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.
- 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. chiefly UK a small amount of an alcoholic beverage; or when used with the definite article (the drop), alcoholic spirits in general.
- n. Ireland, informal A single measure of whisky.
- n. A small, round, sweet piece of hard candy, e.g. a lemon drop; a lozenge.
- n. American football A dropped pass.
- n. American football 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. video games, online gaming Any item dropped by defeated enemies.
- n. 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.
- v. cricket To fail to make a catch from a batted ball that would have lead to the batsman being out.
- v. transitive to dispose (of); get rid of; to remove; to lose
- v. transitive to eject; to dismiss; to cease to include, as if on a list.
- v. transitive, slang To impart.
- v. transitive, music, African American Vernacular To release to the public.
- v. intransitive, music, African American Vernacular To enter public distribution.
- v. transitive To cancel or end a scheduled event, project or course
- v. transitive To cook, especially by deep-frying or grilling.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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. 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. (Mach.) 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. (Naut.) The depth of a square sail; -- generally applied to the courses only.
- n. Act of dropping; sudden fall or descent.
- v. To pour or let fall in drops; to pour in small globules; to distill.
- v. To cause to fall in one portion, or by one motion, like a drop; to let fall
- v. To let go; to dismiss; to set aside; to have done with; to discontinue; to forsake; to give up; to omit.
- v. To bestow or communicate by a suggestion; to let fall in an indirect, cautious, or gentle manner
- v. To lower, as a curtain, or the muzzle of a gun, etc.
- v. To send, as a letter.
- v. To give birth to.
- v. To cover with drops; to variegate; to bedrop.
- v. To fall in drops.
- v. To fall, in general, literally or figuratively
- v. To let drops fall; to discharge itself in drops.
- v. To fall dead, or to fall in death.
- v. To come to an end; to cease; to pass out of mind.
- v. To come unexpectedly; -- with
- v. To fall or be depressed; to lower.
- v. rare To fall short of a mark.
- v. To be deep in extent; to descend perpendicularly.
- 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
- Old English dropian. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English droppe, from Old English dropa. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“To go to sleep naturally we must learn how to drop all the tension of the day and literally _drop_ to sleep like a baby.”
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