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

  • n. Something dropped.
  • n. The excrement of animals.

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  • v. Present participle of drop.
  • n. The act of something that drops or falls.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The action of causing to drop or of letting drop; falling.
  • n. That which falls in drops; the excrement or dung of animals; -- often used in the plural.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of falling in drops; a falling.
  • n. That which drops or is dropped: generally in the plural.
  • n. Specifically
  • n. plural Dung: especially said of the dung of fowls: as, the droppings of the henroost.
  • n. In glass-making, one of the lumps or glob-ules formed in the glass by the glazing of the clay cover of the melting-vessel and its com-bination with the volatilized alkalis.
  • n. plural The waste material which drops under a machine, as in the process of scutching cotton.
  • n. A disease of cattle commonly known as milk fever, somewhat analogous to puerperal fever in women: so called because the cow drops to the ground when sick.

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  • adj. coming down freely under the influence of gravity


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  • Dropping is also combined with "by" or "in" to refer to the act of paying someone or somewhere a visit, usually informally. Example - "I was just dropping in on Aunt Mary when I saw Uncle Harry coming out of the house over the road..."

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