• WordNet 3.6
    • n drop-off a change downward "there was a decrease in his temperature as the fever subsided","there was a sharp drop-off in sales"
    • n drop-off a steep high face of rock "he stood on a high cliff overlooking the town","a steep drop"
    • n drop-off a noticeable deterioration in performance or quality "the team went into a slump","a gradual slack in output","a drop-off in attendance","a falloff in quality"
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  • Elias Canetti
    “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.”


In literature:

I'm sure he dropped off back there at camp.
"Boy Scouts Mysterious Signal" by G. Harvey Ralphson
Sam held on like a deer for a few minutes, and one after another the men dropped off as they were blown.
"Fast in the Ice" by R.M. Ballantyne
Here they again dropped anchor off King's Island.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
The new horns begin to grow as soon as the old ones have dropped off.
"The Hunters' Feast" by Mayne Reid
It was four o'clock when the boys finally dropped off to sleep, overcome more by mental than physical exhaustion.
"The Camp in the Snow" by William Murray Graydon
Jim dropped off the train and stood staring unseeingly at Uncle Denny and Henderson.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
Now there's somebody round, I guess maybe I could drop off to sleep.
"Country Neighbors" by Alice Brown
Most of the six-year old trees this year set pecans which dropped off about the middle of the summer.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Eleventh Annual Meeting" by Various
One by one the blacks dropped off, till one only remained.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
At last I also dropped off to sleep.
"Nobody's Boy" by Hector Malot

In poetry:

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
And now, as my load was uncommonly large,
Let me taper it off with a classical charge;
When that has gone off, I shall drop my old gun--
And then stand at ease, for my service is done.
"Once More" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
JUP. So I've found to my cost. My dear sir, between ourselves,
it's dropped off from one thing to another until it has
positively dwindled down to preserved Australian beef. What do
you think of that?
"Thespis: Act I" by William Schwenck Gilbert
From somewhere close by, rises the warmth of your breath
and in its own aroma smolders, slowly, bit by bit.
Far-off, across the horizon, dropp by glistening drop
Falls the dew of your beguiling glance.
"Wasteland Of Solitude" by Faiz Ahmed Faiz
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
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:

Colonie Police blame parents for dropping off kids to vandalize Updated: Thursday, November 1 2012, 09:28 PM EDT.
This steep drop-off is on Old Waterman Canyon Road, which is also the portion of Highway 18 between San Bernardino and Crestline.
First take your weed killers to a free Metro hazardous waste drop off Weed and feed and other weed killers contain hazardous chemicals that put your kids and pets at risk.
CHATHAM — Westy Self Storage at 15 River Road, Chatham, has been designated as a one-stop drop-off location for six charitable organizations, as part of the Westy corporate Six for Six Charity Donation Drive.
After dropping off the kids at school, packing, making last-minute phone calls and sending last-minute emails, I left the house an hour later than planned.
Florida and Northwestern drop off while Air Force and Oregon State enter the rankings.
SUN NEWS FILE PHOTO New locations have been added to drop off non-perishable food items for the Yuletide Hunger program in Brecksville and Broadview Heights.
From across Goshen and Elkhart County volunteers have begun to drop off equipment and food at the Goshen Salvation Army building to prepare for Friday's 49th annual Pancake Day.
Before dropping off her husband at Gampel Pavilion Thursday morning on his last day as UConn basketball coach, Pat Calhoun had a message for him.
People have been dropping off toys and gifts at a New Hampshire police department for a 3-year-old Plaistow boy, who is recovering from brain and other injuries allegedly inflicted by his mother's boyfriend, CBS Boston reports.
Cold weather is moving in, and starting this week, you can drop off coats for the Columbia Salvation Army.
Gifts may be dropped off at the Lavonia City Hall during regular business hours by Dec 3.
The first phase will have a covered bus drop off as part of the pavilion and what Hardy said he believes are the first self-cleaning public restrooms on the Coast.
Drop off material at The Maui News.
A Fairfax County mother is furious after her special needs kindergartener was dropped off alone at the bus stop .

In science:

In other words, if one properly matches the effective theory for gluons with momenta k > Λ to the effective theory for glueballs (i.e., gluons with momenta k < Λ), the cut-off would drop out.
The Quark-Gluon Plasma in Equilibrium
Finally, we dropped one galaxy for which the fibre is centred on a HII region off the centre of galaxy.
The H alpha Luminosity Function of Morphologically Classified Galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
In all chameleon theories with power-law potentials, Fφ/A drops off as 1/dp for some p in this regime.
Detecting Chameleons through Casimir Force Measurements
In particular, theories where it drops off more slower than 1/s behave differently from those where the drop off is faster.
Detecting Chameleons through Casimir Force Measurements
For n > 0, the larger n is, the steeper the drop-off in Pφ (d) with d and, as a result, the larger Pφ (d) is at separations < Λ−1 ≈ 82 µm.
Detecting Chameleons through Casimir Force Measurements