drop off

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v drop off change from a waking to a sleeping state "he always falls asleep during lectures"
    • v drop off fall or diminish "The number of students in this course dropped off after the first test"
    • v drop off get worse "My grades are slipping"
    • v drop off retreat
    • v drop off leave or unload "unload the cargo","drop off the passengers at the hotel"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Snakes have two sex organs in case one drops off in their fervent attempt to trick females into mating.
    • Drop off to depart, disappear
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Quotations

  • Elias Canetti
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    “A modern man has nothing to add to modernism, if only because he has nothing to oppose it with. The well-adapted drop off the dead limb of time like lice.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. dropa, a drop—dreópan, to drop; Dut. drop, Ger. tropfe.

Usage

In literature:

Just a bit of a tussle now and then to keep you from dropping off.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
They unwound the rag and his arm dropped off.
"The Escape of a Princess Pat" by George Pearson
If we hang on they shoot, and if we drop off they skin us.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
Then Jean Malin dropped the second egg down on the man's left shoulder, and his left arm fell off.
"Tales of Folk and Fairies" by Katharine Pyle
Our men dropped off one by one.
"World's War Events, Vol. II" by Various
To drop off from the wind.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
I shall put off, and drop our anchor a quarter of a mile out and fish.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
We dropped gingerly off the wall to the beach, trusting there was no iron gear there to smash our ankles.
"A Poor Man's House" by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
The bud scales burst apart and drop off as the leaves and blossoms develop.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
When mature, the grain and glumes drop off, or are pushed off, and go to the ground.
"Seed Dispersal" by William J. Beal
Jerry was as tired as the rest, and it did not take him long to drop off into a sound sleep.
"The Young Oarsmen of Lakeview" by Ralph Bonehill
I'm going ahead backwards so fast I'll probably drop off into the Atlantic over the next hill!
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
Sometimes the big horse's head sagged and dropped off and came back again.
"Rootabaga Stories" by Carl Sandburg
But finally Nort and Dick dropped off into slumber, which became sounder as the hours of night passed.
"The Boy Ranchers in Camp" by Willard F. Baker
Overborne and spent with sheer weariness I must have dropped off finally; probably I slept for some hours.
"Fibble, D. D." by Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
Joe at last dropped off into a doze from which he woke with a start.
"Baseball Joe Around the World" by Lester Chadwick
He took the wheel to stand till midnight, and I turned in, but I didn't drop off for quite a spell.
"Masterpieces of Mystery, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by Various
Don't let me sleep long if I drop off.
"Fix Bay'nets" by George Manville Fenn
If the pull of gravity is stronger, would not all the water drop off, leaving your finger dry?
"Common Science" by Carleton W. Washburne
Then I dropped off on her side.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
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In poetry:

The peasant's goatskin garments drip,
As home he wends with lowered head,
Shakes off the drops from lid and lip,
Then slinks within his châlet shed.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
One night off Hong Kong the wind was so strong
That fast to the mast I was pinned
So I made the ship stop, got a peppermint drop
And I very soon shifted the wind.
"The Sailor" by Billy Bennett
Oh, Friend far off, for them do I revere thee,
As for thyself, thou Teacher true and strong;
So with a grateful gladness do I hear thee
Drop words of wisdom in my poet's song.
"The Maiden's Reply To The Mountain" by Samuel John Stone
She moved, and from her slender hand
Fell off her mother's wedding-ring;
She smiled into her father's face--
"So drops from me each earthly thing;
My hands are free to hold the flowers
Of the eternal spring."
"The Deacon's Daughter" by Marietta Holley
She summons the kittens; each one stands
While the mittens are tried on his clumsy hands;
Then her glasses drop to the end of her nose,
And her wits go wandering off in a doze,
And as never before,
Does old Puss snore!
"The Three Little Kittens" by Clara Doty Bates
Then like down-dropping pearls the rounded years,
One after one, slipped off the thread of Time,
And Jean de Breboeuf laboured--oft with fears
Safe-hidden, oftener still with smiles and tears,
Among the people of this northern clime.
"Jean De Breboeuf" by Virna Sheard

In news:

CORNELIUS – The residents of the Bailey Springs neighborhood are fed up with their road being used as an extension of the Hough High School parking lots and drop-off spots.
Kathryn Colvin, the local Edward Jones financial adviser , is supporting the US Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program by using her office as a drop-off location for this year's toy drive.
Drop-off locations include After Hours Auto Repair, 2606 W Pawnee.
Football Outsiders expects a drop off.
A Fairfax County mother is furious after her special needs kindergartener was dropped off alone at the bus stop.
Pick up or Drop off 570-640-6538.
Organized a local supply drop off at two Williamsport locations.
With some Alaskans unable to afford presents for their children this Christmas, there's still time to drop off toy donations at the Salvation Army for its Neighborhood GIFT program.
Early Friday morning, huge boulders from Marquette County were dropped off at their new home on the campus of Michigan Tech.
Antioch police unveiled a permanent prescription drug drop-off unit at the police station Saturday on the Drug Enforcement Administration's fifth annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
Dontre Wilson hopes to help the Ducks avoid a drop off at RB next season.
Gently used or new coats of all sizes may be dropped off at Lyon's office, 401 Second St, between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm Mondays through Fridays, 9 am and 5 pm Saturdays and 10 am and 4 pm Sundays.
Top officials from city and district meet at Orchard Hills K-8 School to discuss ways to reduce grueling 30-minute drop-off and pick-up traffic and increase safety.
30 to 11 am drop-off for the Gingerbread House Contest.
Donations can be dropped off in a bin at the following locations in Juneau: Walmart, Safeway, Fred Meyer, IGA Foodland, Super Bear Supermarket, Nugget Mall and the Juneau Federal Building.
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In science:

For larger scales, the synoptic and planetary scales, there were not enough long distanced flight segments in the Nastrom-Gage data, hence the drop off in power.
Recent Developments in Understanding Two-dimensional Turbulence and the Nastrom-Gage Spectrum
The Fischer-Tippett pdf has a tail which drops off exponentially.
Introduction to Randomness and Statistics
We consider only the scalar contribution to δT /T in the following [see Eq. (2.75)], but drop the index “S”. 17Note that the dipole component of δT /T due to the proper motion of our galaxy has been separated off.
Primordial Fluctuations in String Cosmology
Synchrotron emission is lower in this part of the Galaxy as shown by lower total-intensity levels, but depolarization effects apparently drop off even more rapidly, with the net result that PI rises and polarization fraction increases.
A Survey of the Polarized Emission from the Galactic Plane at 1420 MHz with Arcminute Angular Resolution
It is that of the collinear QCD (see Chapter 17) where in the Hamiltonian of the system one drops off all interaction terms that depend on the transverse momenta.
Non-Perturbative Field Theory - From two dimensional conformal field theory to QCD in four dimensions
Therefore any constraints on hidden photons based on deviations from Coulomb’s law will be strongest around mγ ′ ∼ 1 and drop off on either side in the low and high mass limits.
Spectroscopy as a test of Coulomb's law - A probe of the hidden sector
This bound does not have the correct drop off for small masses.
Spectroscopy as a test of Coulomb's law - A probe of the hidden sector
Above this energy the electron population is heavily modified by losses and begins to drop off severely.
Nonthermal Radiation from Type Ia Supernova Remnants
If the Maxwell equations and the Bianchi identity for the Maxwell field are satisfied, the last two terms in Eq. (2.4) drop off, giving Eµν γ ν ǫ = 0.
Black hole solutions in string theory
In the usual case where the angular velocity of the flow drops off with radius, the upper particle will now be orbiting slower than the lower one.
Foundations of Black Hole Accretion Disk Theory
With our new method, as shown in Figure 6, the formulae are much more difficult to solve than the old method, because there is no abrupt drop-off from propositional unsatisfiability, but they are 4.2 Increasing  not appear at all in the interesting portion of the test sets.
A New General Method to Generate Random Modal Formulae for Testing Decision Procedures
The problem can be formulated into a POMDP framework. A state consists of six components: the arrival pattern, the pick-up requests for two floors, the drop-off requests for two floors and the elevator’s position.
Restricted Value Iteration: Theory and Algorithms
If there are passengers in the elevator intending to get off at the first floor, the drop-off request for the first floor is set; otherwise, it is unset.
Restricted Value Iteration: Theory and Algorithms
Similarly, for the second floor, the variables for the pick-up/drop-off requests can be set accordingly.
Restricted Value Iteration: Theory and Algorithms
The components for pickup/drop-off requests remain.
Restricted Value Iteration: Theory and Algorithms
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