• WordNet 3.6
    • v droop become limp "The flowers wilted"
    • v droop droop, sink, or settle from or as if from pressure or loss of tautness
    • v droop hang loosely or laxly "His tongue lolled"
    • n droop a shape that sags "there was a sag in the chair seat"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Droop A drooping; as, a droop of the eye.
    • Droop To grow weak or faint with disappointment, grief, or like causes; to be dispirited or depressed; to languish; as, her spirits drooped . "I'll animate the soldier's drooping courage."
    • Droop To hang bending downward; to sink or hang down, as an animal, plant, etc., from physical inability or exhaustion, want of nourishment, or the like. "The purple flowers droop .""Above her drooped a lamp.""I saw him ten days before he died, and observed he began very much to droop and languish."
    • v. t Droop To let droop or sink. "Like to a withered vine
      That droops his sapless branches to the ground."
    • Droop To proceed downward, or toward a close; to decline. "Then day drooped ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • droop To sink or hang down; bend or hang downward, as from weakness or exhaustion.
    • droop To languish from grief or other cause; fall into a state of physical weakness.
    • droop To fail or sink; flag; decline; be dispirited: as, the courage droops; the spirits droop.
    • droop To tend gradually downward or toward a close.
    • droop To drip; be wet with water.
    • droop To let sink or hang_down: as, to droop the head.
    • n droop The act of drooping, or of bending or hanging down; a drooping position or state.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Droop drōōp to sink or hang down: to grow weak or faint: to decline
    • v.t Droop to let sink
    • n Droop a drooping position
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  • Eric Hoffer
    “The world leans on us. When we sag, the whole world seems to droop.”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    “Youth fades; love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; A mother's secret hope outlives them all.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Icel. drūpa,; akin to E. drop,. See Drop


In literature:

There was appeal for relief in the pathetic droop of the scarlet lips of the bride, but it was of no avail.
"Making People Happy" by Thompson Buchanan
For a moment she stood quietly, with drooping head and uplifted eyes, her hands clasped, a picture of beauty.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
She felt her cheeks burn with shame, and her eyes drooped before his steady gaze.
"The New Tenant" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
The birds droop under the extreme heat.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
But someone had suffered in the fight against want, and when the worst of the struggle was over the brave mother began to droop.
"'Lizbeth of the Dale" by Marian Keith
The horses stopped with their forefeet in the water and drooped heads to drink thirstily.
"Sawtooth Ranch" by B. M. Bower
His eyebrows were shaved, and a mustache drooped down to his sharp, flat chin like sea-weed.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
All the grace and mobility were gone from her face, and it was drooping and dull almost to impassiveness.
"The Bridge of the Gods" by Frederic Homer Balch
His shoulders drooped and he spread his hands in a gesture of resignation.
"The Copper-Clad World" by Harl Vincent
They were under the drooping branches of an elm that stood holding to the edge of the bank.
"The Road to Frontenac" by Samuel Merwin
There on the edge stood the cowbird, his head drooping and his wings half spread.
"The Biography of a Prairie Girl" by Eleanor Gates
Her little figure had a more pronounced droop, her eyes were very piteous.
"Treasure Valley" by Marian Keith
The westering sun was drooping heavily toward its fiery couch.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
Slowly his head drooped forward.
"The Hound From The North" by Ridgwell Cullum
One day's kindly treatment had been to her like one day's sunlight to a drooping plant.
"Hetty's Strange History" by Helen Jackson
The branches of trees vary greatly in the thickness of their tips and in their tendency to grow erect, horizontal, or drooping.
"Trees of the Northern United States" by Austin C. Apgar
The color had left her face again, and her eyes drooped heavily.
"The Dominant Strain" by Anna Chapin Ray
He sat down, with drooping shoulders, and considered the mess he had made of his book.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, November, 1930" by Various
The little book fell unheeded at her feet, and her head drooped backward.
"Kidnapped at the Altar" by Laura Jean Libbey
The horses were standing close together, heads drooping lazily.
"Mystery Ranch" by Arthur Chapman

In poetry:

Drooping, sinking, failing,
Nigh to earth,
Mounting, whirling, sailing,
Full of mirth;
"The Bubble" by William Allingham
Lower drooped the lily,
And died at the feet of the weeds;
And only the tender mosses
Ministered to her needs.
"A Stained Lily" by Madge Morris Wagner
While like an early summer plum,
Puny, green, and tart,
Droops upon its wizened stem
My lean, unripened heart.
"Jilted" by Sylvia Plath
My spirit homeward turns
And fain would thither flee;
My heart, O Zion, droops and yearns,
When I remember thee.
"Far From My Heavenly Home" by Henry Francis Lyte
O pensive autumn! how I grieve
Thy sorrowing face to see!
When languid suns are taking leave
Of every drooping tree.
"Verses, To William Lyttleton, Esq." by William Shenstone
When nature sinks, and spirits droop,
Thy promises of grace
Are pillars to support my hope,
And there I write thy praise.
"Psalm 119 part 5" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Drooping and Slumping Toward Insanity Edition.
I have to remember that hydrangeas droop in the mid-afternoon sun right around the hottest point of the day, so when cutting them off the vine I do so early in the morning.
As record companies scramble to explain drooping sales figures (and stop the bleeding), Universal Music Group has found a new culprit: MySpace.
Drooping or flagging from or as if from exhaustion: weak.
Droop native a Nashville lyricist .
Proportional Droop Cause and Cure.
Geometry and the laws of physics dictate proportional droop must occur.
At a yard I once managed, I clearly recall watching a contractor, who specialized in this work, take a decidedly seat-of-the-pants approach to "calculating" shaft weight and the associated sag or droop.
Yesterday afternoon my eyes were drooping while I was attempting to get some work done, so I decided to lie down for a few minutes in the sun to rest before the kids got home from school.
Last month you read my complaints about drawers—the wearable kind—that won't droop the way I like and the fact that this nation now imports 95 per cent of all clothing available in our stores.
Sears 3Q net loss widens on tax expenses and drooping sales, but adjusted loss narrows.
An adaptive leading edge droop for light sport aircraft.
Ten days ago at Mesa Community College in Phoenix, Tuba City senior Billy Orman sat drooping at trackside after winning the Arizona state meet Division 3 1600m race.
Doing this will stop the axle from drooping when you jack up the vehicle and will keep it from being precariously high on the jack.
Civil War reenactors at the Battle of Droop Mountain.

In science:

This correction procedure was only applied to individual pulses and the longer term power inverse droop we observed was not corrected but should instead be handled by engineering robust pulses.
Randomized benchmarking of single and multi-qubit control in liquid-state NMR quantum information processing
Q1: Many types of house plants droop when they have not been watered and quickly "straighten up" after watering.
Biological Concepts Instrument (BCI): A diagnostic tool for revealing student thinking
Q1: Many types of house plants droop when they have not been watered and quickly "straighten up" after watering.
Biological Concepts Instrument (BCI): A diagnostic tool for revealing student thinking
However, a high cut-off frequency produces a droop which distorts the square wave.
A 2-20 GHz Analog Lag-Correlator for Radio Interferometry
The droop will invariably increase cross talk between baselines since demodulating a phase switched signal with an orthogonal function does not reject the signal fully.
A 2-20 GHz Analog Lag-Correlator for Radio Interferometry
The fourth term is just a constant and therefore can be drooped from the action.
Linearized gravity as a gauge theory
This reduction includes ramp fitting, dark-sky subtraction, droop correction, linearity correction, flat-fielding, and wavelength and flux calibration (Decin et al. 2004).
The Ages of Elliptical Galaxies from Infrared Spectral Energy Distributions
Instead of using the basic calibrated data (bcd) products from the Spitzer Science Center pipeline, we used the droop products, pipeline version S18.18.
Tracing High-Energy Radiation from T Tauri Stars Using Mid-Infrared Neon Emission from Disks
As opposed to the bcd products, the droop products lack corrections for inter-order light leakage (which is a very small effect) and are not divided by the flatfield.
Tracing High-Energy Radiation from T Tauri Stars Using Mid-Infrared Neon Emission from Disks
We found that especially the latter step introduced more noise to our data, so the droop products yielded spectra with better signal-to-noise ratios.
Tracing High-Energy Radiation from T Tauri Stars Using Mid-Infrared Neon Emission from Disks