Definitions

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

  • n. A steep or abrupt downward slope.
  • n. A noticeable decrease: a drop-off in attendance.
  • n. A designated place where people or things can be left: "distributed 12,000 newspapers to eighty different drop-offs” ( Edward Klein).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sudden downward slope
  • n. A sudden decrease (such as in the level of sales)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a noticeable decline in performance.
  • n. a steep high face of rock.
  • n. a change downward.

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

  • v. leave or unload
  • v. get worse
  • v. fall or diminish
  • v. retreat
  • v. change from a waking to a sleeping state
  • n. a noticeable deterioration in performance or quality
  • n. a steep high face of rock
  • n. a change downward

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Examples

  • Chapter 4 details a general drop-off in religiosity, but it is concentrated among whites.

    American Grace

  • Whether a hypothetical abortion is for health or social/economic reasons, we see a similar drop-off in support, especially among the post-boomers.

    American Grace

  • In fact, there was a modest drop-off in the frequency of social or political sermons from 30 percent monthly to 22 percent.

    American Grace

  • Beyond the shoulder of the road was a steep drop-off that ended in a rock-strewn desert wash some fifty yards below.

    Fatal Error

  • That maelstrom swirls above a deepwater drop-off, where the sea falls away to a bottomless rift.

    GuildWars Edge of Destiny

  • The drop-off in commodity prices underscored a growing concern among investors that geopolitical uncertainties and a weak start to the first-quarter corporate-earnings season could presage a weaker economic outlook.

    Stocks Fall on Oil, Nuclear Worries

  • But on Monday, Japan Airlines announced it would cancel seven of its 21 weekly flights to Honolulu from Tokyo's Narita International Airport for most of April, citing the drop-off in demand.

    Quake Sinks Hawaii's Tourism

  • It's even hard to get parents to leave at the close of freshmen drop-off weekend.

    Mary Quigley: Electronic Umbilical Cord

  • The country is also trying to recover from a drop-off in foreign investment in the past few years.

    South African Recovery Under Pressure

  • Authorities said a woman in Jacksonville, Ill., handed over drugs she's collected for the last 50 years while a man in Troy, Mo., hauled a kitchen drawer packed with medicine to a drop-off site.

    DEA Drug 'Take-Back' Nets 121 Tons Of Unwanted Prescription Meds

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