• WordNet 3.6
    • v drop give birth; used for animals "The cow dropped her calf this morning"
    • v drop grow worse "Her condition deteriorated","Conditions in the slums degenerated","The discussion devolved into a shouting match"
    • v drop fall or sink into a state of exhaustion or death "shop til you drop"
    • v drop stop pursuing or acting "drop a lawsuit","knock it off!"
    • v drop lower the pitch of (musical notes)
    • v drop go down in value "Stock prices dropped"
    • v drop change from one level to another "She dropped into army jargon"
    • v drop leave undone or leave out "How could I miss that typo?","The workers on the conveyor belt miss one out of ten"
    • v drop omit (a letter or syllable) in speaking or writing " New Englanders drop their post-vocalic r's"
    • v drop utter with seeming casualness; drop names" "drop a hint"
    • v drop lose (a game) "The Giants dropped 11 of their first 13"
    • v drop take (a drug, especially LSD), by mouth "She dropped acid when she was a teenager"
    • v drop cause to fall by or as if by delivering a blow "strike down a tree","Lightning struck down the hikers"
    • v drop leave or unload "unload the cargo","drop off the passengers at the hotel"
    • v drop get rid of "he shed his image as a pushy boss","shed your clothes"
    • v drop let or cause to fall in drops "dribble oil into the mixture"
    • v drop to fall vertically "the bombs are dropping on enemy targets"
    • v drop let fall to the ground "Don't drop the dishes"
    • v drop fall or descend to a lower place or level "He sank to his knees"
    • v drop pay out "spend money"
    • v drop terminate an association with "drop him from the Republican ticket"
    • v drop stop associating with "They dropped her after she had a child out of wedlock"
    • v drop hang freely "the ornaments dangled from the tree","The light dropped from the ceiling"
    • n drop the act of dropping something "they expected the drop would be successful"
    • n drop a central depository where things can be left or picked up
    • n drop a curtain that can be lowered and raised onto a stage from the flies; often used as background scenery
    • n drop a sudden sharp decrease in some quantity "a drop of 57 points on the Dow Jones index","there was a drop in pressure in the pulmonary artery","a dip in prices","when that became known the price of their stock went into free fall"
    • n drop a free and rapid descent by the force of gravity "it was a miracle that he survived the drop from that height"
    • n drop a predetermined hiding place for the deposit and distribution of illicit goods (such as drugs or stolen property)
    • n drop a steep high face of rock "he stood on a high cliff overlooking the town","a steep drop"
    • n drop a small indefinite quantity (especially of a liquid) "he had a drop too much to drink","a drop of each sample was analyzed","there is not a drop of pity in that man","years afterward, they would pay the blood-money, driblet by driblet"--Kipling"
    • n drop a shape that is spherical and small "he studied the shapes of low-viscosity drops","beads of sweat on his forehead"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The dragon drops the cradle containing the little boy The dragon drops the cradle containing the little boy
The boy picks up the bracelet dropped by the fallen maiden The boy picks up the bracelet dropped by the fallen maiden
I amused myself by dropping gingerbread nuts over the seat I amused myself by dropping gingerbread nuts over the seat
Water Drop-wort Water Drop-wort

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The worlds tallest free fall rollercoaster is The Giant Drop located in Australia. The drops is 120 meters which is equivalent to a 39 storey building
    • Drop A contrivance for temporarily lowering a gas jet.
    • Drop A curtain which drops or falls in front of the stage of a theater, etc.
    • Drop A door or platform opening downward; a trap door; that part of the gallows on which a culprit stands when he is to be hanged; hence, the gallows itself.
    • Drop A drop press or drop hammer.
    • Drop A machine for lowering heavy weights, as packages, coal wagons, etc., to a ship's deck.
    • Drop Act of dropping; sudden fall or descent.
    • Drop Any medicine the dose of which is measured by drops; as, lavender drops .
    • Drop (Arch) Any small pendent ornament.
    • Drop (Arch) Same as Gutta.
    • Drop That which resembles, or that which hangs like, a liquid drop; as a hanging diamond ornament, an earring, a glass pendant on a chandelier, a sugarplum (sometimes medicated), or a kind of shot or slug.
    • Drop (Naut) The depth of a square sail; -- generally applied to the courses only.
    • Drop The distance of the axis of a shaft below the base of a hanger.
    • Drop The quantity of fluid which falls in one small spherical mass; a liquid globule; a minim; hence, also, the smallest easily measured portion of a fluid; a small quantity; as, a drop of water. "With minute drops from off the eaves.""As dear to me as are the ruddy drops That visit my sad heart.""That drop of peace divine."
    • Drop To be deep in extent; to descend perpendicularly; as, her main topsail drops seventeen yards.
    • Drop To bestow or communicate by a suggestion; to let fall in an indirect, cautious, or gentle manner; as, to drop hint, a word of counsel, etc.
    • Drop To cause to fall in one portion, or by one motion, like a drop; to let fall; as, to drop a line in fishing; to drop a courtesy.
    • Drop To come to an end; to cease; to pass out of mind; as, the affair dropped .
    • Drop To come unexpectedly; -- with in or into; as, my old friend dropped in a moment. "Takes care to drop in when he thinks you are just seated."
    • Drop To cover with drops; to variegate; to bedrop. "Show to the sun their waved coats dropped with gold."
    • Drop To fall dead, or to fall in death; as, dropping like flies. "Nothing, says Seneca, so soon reconciles us to the thoughts of our own death, as the prospect of one friend after another dropping round us."
    • Drop To fall in drops. "The kindly dew drops from the higher tree,
      And wets the little plants that lowly dwell."
    • Drop To fall or be depressed; to lower; as, the point of the spear dropped a little.
    • Drop To fall short of a mark. "Often it drops or overshoots by the disproportion of distance."
    • Drop To fall, in general, literally or figuratively; as, ripe fruit drops from a tree; wise words drop from the lips. "Mutilations of which the meaning has dropped out of memory.""When the sound of dropping nuts is heard."
    • Drop To give birth to; as, to drop a lamb.
    • Drop To let drops fall; to discharge itself in drops. "The heavens . . . dropped at the presence of God."
    • Drop To let go; to dismiss; to set aside; to have done with; to discontinue; to forsake; to give up; to omit. "They suddenly drop't the pursuit.""That astonishing ease with which fine ladies drop you and pick you up again.""The connection had been dropped many years.""Dropping the too rough H in Hell and Heaven."
    • Drop To lower, as a curtain, or the muzzle of a gun, etc.
    • Drop To pour or let fall in drops; to pour in small globules; to distill. "The trees drop balsam.""The recording angel, as he wrote it down, dropped a tear upon the word and blotted it out forever."
    • Drop To send, as a letter; as, please drop me a line, a letter, word.
    • Drop Whatever is arranged to drop, hang, or fall from an elevated position; also, a contrivance for lowering something
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Coca-cola used to use the slogan "Good to the last drop," in 1908. This slogan was later used by Maxwell House
    • drop To fall in small portions or globules, as a liquid.
    • drop To let drops fall; drip; discharge in drops.
    • drop To fall; descend; sink to a lower position or level.
    • drop Specifically, to lie down, as a dog.
    • drop To die, especially to die suddenly; fall dead, as in battle.
    • drop To come to an end; be allowed to cease;be neglected and come to nothing.
    • drop To fall short of a mark.
    • drop To fall lower in state or condition; sink;be depressed; come into a state of collapse orquiescence.
    • drop Nautical, to have a certain drop, or depth from top to bottom: said of a sail.
    • drop To pour or let fall in small portions, globules, or drops, as a liquid: as, to drop a medicine.
    • drop To sprinkle with or as if with drops; variegate, as if by sprinkling with drops; bedrop:as, a coat dropped with gold.
    • drop To let fall; allow to sink to a lower position; lower: as, to drop a stone; to drop the muzzle of a gun.
    • drop Hence To let fall from the womb; give birth to: said of ewes, etc.: as, to drop a lamb.
    • drop To cause to fall; hence, to kill, especially with a firearm.
    • drop To let go; dismiss; lay aside; break off from; omit: as, to drop an affair or a controversy; to drop an acquaintance; to drop a letter from a word.
    • drop To utter as if casually: as, to drop a word in favor of a friend.
    • drop To write and send (a note) in an offhand manner: as, drop me a line.
    • drop To set down from a carriage.
    • drop To write a letter or note.
    • n drop A mass of water or other liquid so small that the surface-tension brings it into a spherical shape more or less modified by gravity, adhesion, etc.; a globule: as, a drop of blood; a drop of laudanum.
    • n drop Something that resembles such a drop of liquid, as a pendent diamond ornament, an earring, or a glass pendant of a chandelier: specifically applied to varieties of sugar-plums and to medicated candies prepared in a similar form: as, lemon-drops; cough-drops.
    • n drop Specifically, in heraldry, the representation of a drop of liquid, usually globular below and tapering to a point above. Drops of different colors are considered as teardrops, drops of blood, etc., and are blazoned accordingly. See gutté.
    • n drop Any small quantity of liquid: as, he had not drunk a drop.
    • n drop Hence—4. A minute quantity of anything: as, he. has not a drop of honor, or of magnanimity.
    • n drop plural Any liquid medicine the dose of which consists of a certain number of drops.
    • n drop A piece of gut used by anglers on casting-lines. A fly-hook is attached to the loose end of the drop, the other end being fastened to the casting-line.
    • n drop A Scotch unit of weight, the sixteenth part of an ounce, nearly equal to 30 grains English troy weight.
    • n drop The act of dropping; drip.
    • n drop In mech., a contrivance arranged so as to drop, fall, or hang from a higher position, or to lower objects. Specifically— A trap-door in the scaffold of a usual form of gallows, upon which the criminal about to be executed is placed with the halter about his neck, and which is suddenly dropped or swung open on its hinges, letting him fall
    • n drop In architecture, one of the small cylinders or truncated cones depending from the mutule of the Doric cornice and the member upon the architrave immediately under the triglyph of the same order; a trunnel.
    • n drop In machinery, the interval between the base of a hanger and the shaft below.
    • n drop Nautical, the depth of a sail from head to foot in the middle: applied to courses only, hoist being applied to other square sails.
    • n drop In. fortification, the deepest part of a ditch in front of an embrasure or at the sides of a caponiere.
    • n drop In entomology, a small circular spot, clear or light, in a semi-transparent sur-face: used principally in describing the wings of Diptera.
    • drop In archery, to fall short of the mark aimed at: said of an arrow.
    • drop To show a tendency to lower the shoulders, due to weakness of the muscles: said of a horse.
    • drop to drop asleep;
    • drop die peacefully, and as if unobserved;
    • drop become less regular; fail gradually: as, he began to drop off in his visits.
    • drop To lose or part with: as, to drop a thousand dollars at poker.
    • n drop In electricity, a fall of potential.
    • n drop A steep slope.
    • n drop A disease of lettuce, caused by the fungus, Sclerotinia Libertiana.
    • n drop A fall or sudden vertical descent, as from a height or from a general level, either in space, or from some known position or condition, as in prices, values, temperature, etc.: as, an unexpected drop in the rate of discount; a drop in the price of steel.
    • n drop The distance through which, or the extent to which, anything drops: as, a drop of twenty feet; a drop of ten points in copper; a drop of twenty degrees in temperature in as many hours.
    • n drop In tabular work, a drop-line.
    • n drop In baseball, a ball so delivered by the pitcher that it shoots downward.
    • n drop In tennis, a ball so struck by the racket as to shoot sharply downward after crossing the net.
    • n drop A patent-leather ornament, pear-shaped or of other ornamental form, used on the face-straps and hip-straps of a harness.
    • n drop The newly born young of animals: most commonly used in speaking of sheep.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In just one drop of liquid, 50 million bacteria can be present
    • n Drop drop a small particle of liquid which falls at one time: a very small quantity of liquid: anything hanging like a drop: a fall: a trap in the gallows scaffold, the fall of which allows the criminal to drop: a device for lowering goods into a ship's hold
    • v.i Drop to fall in small particles: to let drops fall: to fall suddenly: to come to an end: to fall or sink lower
    • v.t Drop to let fall in drops: to let fall: to let go, dismiss, break off, as an acquaintance: to utter casually: to write and send (a note) in an off-hand manner: to set down from a carriage:—pr.p. drop′ping; pa.p. dropped
    • ***


  • Robert Pollok
    Robert Pollok
    “Children are living jewels dropped unsustained from heaven.”
  • Aaron Machado
    Aaron Machado
    “The imaginary friends I had as a kid dropped me because their friends thought I didn't exist.”
  • Hosea Ballou
    “A single bad habit will mar an otherwise faultless character, as an ink-drop soileth the pure white page.”
  • James Van Der Zee
    James Van Der Zee
    “Happiness is perfume, you can't pour it on somebody else without getting a few drops on yourself”
  • Confucius
    “Man who stand on hill with mouth open will wait long time for roast duck to drop in.”
  • Antoine De Saint-Exupery
    “How could drops of water know themselves to be a river? Yet the river flows on.”


At a drop of a dime - (USA) If someone will do something at the drop of a dime, they will do it instantly, without hesitation.
At the drop of a hat - If you would do something at the drop of a hat, you'd do it immediately.
Drop a bombshell - If someone drops a bombshell, they announce something that changes a situation drastically and unexpectedly.
Drop a dime - (USA) If you drop a dime, you inform the police about someone's illegal activities.
Drop in the bucket - (USA) A drop in the bucket is something so small that it won't make any noticeable difference.
Drop in the ocean - A drop in the ocean implies that something will have little effect because it is small and mostly insignificant.
Drop into your lap - If something drops into your lap, you receive it suddenly, without any warning. ('Fall into your lap' is also used.)
Drop like flies - This means that something is disappearing very quickly. For example, if you said people were dropping like flies, it would mean that they were dying off, quitting or giving up something rapidly.
Drop someone a line - If you drop someone a line, you send a letter to them.
Drop the ball - If someone drops the ball, they are not doing their job or taking their responsibilities seriously enough and let something go wrong.
Dropped like a hot cake - If something is dropped like a hot cake, it is rejected or disposed of very quickly.
Hear a pin drop - If there is complete silence in a room, you can hear a pin drop.
Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink - This is from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, a poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and is used to suggest that despite being surrounded by something, you cannot benefit from it.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. drope, AS. dropa,; akin to OS. dropo, D. drop, OHG. tropo, G. tropfen, Icel. dropi, Sw. droppe,; and Fr. AS. dreópan, to drip, drop; akin to OS. driopan, D. druipen, OHG. triofan, G. triefen, Icel. drjūpa,. Cf. Drip Droop


In literature:

I dropped it, I dropped it, And on the way I dropped it.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft
He would drop down with fatigue, and then the bull would gore and trample him at pleasure.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
The anchor hangs by its ring at the cat-head, in a position for dropping.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Did you drop that quarter?
"Left Guard Gilbert" by Ralph Henry Barbour
Drop the filled squares into salted boiling water and cook 8 to 10 minutes.
"Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking" by Unknown
His jaw dropped, and a ludicrous look of alarm and bewilderment overspread his features.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
But though she dropped the subject she did not let the pans drop till the last one shone like a mirror.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
Here Juno's speed slackened, then dropped into a steady canter, as she listened for a command to turn back.
"Winning the Wilderness" by Margaret Hill McCarter
Deposit a drop of water (preferably distilled) or a drop of 1 per cent.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
Simon stepped into the room and dropped to one knee.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea

In poetry:

Sleep on and on,
war's over soon.
Drop the silly, harmless toy,
pick up the moon.
"Songs for a Colored Singer" by Elizabeth Bishop
Emptied of us the land;
ghostly our going;
fallen like spears the hand
dropped in the throwing.
"The Waradgery Tribe" by Dame Mary Gilmore DBE
White man said to Ajax,
"Drop your war-like game."
Ajax said to white man,
"When you do the same."
"Ajax Votes for McKinley" by Frank Barbour Coffin
To it the tear-drop goes,
To spread the smiling form
It is the Goal of Life,
And Peace -- its only home!
"Peace" by Swami Vivekananda
Eyes no eyes but drops of lead
Pennies and- a farthing,
There is nothing to be said,
But the poor man starving.
"A Nightly Deed" by Charles Madge
I see the tear-drop in her e'e,
Her bosom's heaving tenderly;
I know—I know she thinks of me,
My Darling Nora!
"My Nora" by William Makepeace Thackeray

In news:

Arctic Ocean mega-bloom: Scientists' eyes popped and jaws dropped.
They were finally able to drop the massive granite slab into place at about 3 p.m.
My mom usually drops me off at school.
It started, basically, when the oil gauge dropped.
John Nunn, 30, of Park City, was traveling north on Ky 255 when his 2004 Ford pickup dropped off the right shoulder of the roadway.
's new artist drops a star studded mixtape to introduce herself to you.
America dropped its jaws last week at Time magazine's cover shot of a mother breast-feeding a son almost 4 years old.
Trailing 3-0 after a half inning, Lone Grove's girls didn't drop their heads.
Or the mountains of New Zealand had been dropped into the Australian outback.
"Love is Patient" to drop Saturday.
Dropping out of college to backpack around Europe, getting married and, later, divorced: To Hamilton, these things made the road curvier, but they also made it more interesting.
The Mets have lost eight of their last nine games and dropped to.500 for the first time since May 4.
Suspect says he dropped money when banker grabbed him.
Seven weeks after Pinellas County Administrator Steve Spratt suggested that a water-blending plant site in the Brooker Creek Preserve might also be used for ballfields , the county has dropped the notion.
After balmy weather for most of Thanksgiving day, parts of Minnesota are seeing temperatures drop as much as 30 degrees.

In science:

It has been suggested by Tucker-Wang [2,3] to drop one of the potentials like the metric or the coframe and use only the connection and the metric, or the coframe as independent variables in a pure variational approach.
On the triviality of certain non-Riemannian models of gravitation
Assuming hν 2 i ∝ V , we can drop these contributions in the limit V → ∞.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
If it is moved to point B, however, it is heavier than its new surroundings but has dropped in the gravitational field, releasing energy.
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
In Fig. 5, τ or ∂ θ/∂E , can become substantially negative, i.e., θ can undergo a drop like arg (t) in Fig. 3.
Violation of general Friedel sum rule in mesoscopic systems
The phase slips are a general feature of Quantum wires with defects and Quantum Dots and these phase slips are at the origin of drops in θ and hence deviation or violation of Friedel sum rule.
Violation of general Friedel sum rule in mesoscopic systems