Definitions for: Drop


[n] the act of dropping something; "they expected the drop would be successful"
[n] a central depository where things can be left or picked up
[n] a curtain that can be lowered and raised onto a stage from the flies; often used as background scenery
[n] 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"; "when that became known the price of their stock went into free fall"
[n] a free and rapid descent by the force of gravity; "it was a miracle that he survived the drop from that height"
[n] a predetermined hiding place for the deposit and distribution of illicit goods (such as drugs or stolen property)
[n] a steep high face of rock; "he stood on a high cliff overlooking the town"; "a steep drop"
[n] a small quantity (especially of a liquid); "one drop of each sample was analyzed"; "any child with a drop of negro blood was legally a negro"; "there is not a drop of pity in that man"
[n] a shape that is small and round; "he studied the shapes of low-viscosity drops"; "beads of sweat on his forehead"
[v] give birth; used for animals; "The cow dropped her calf this morning"
[v] grow worse; "Her condition deteriorated"
[v] stop pursuing or acting; "drop a lawsuit"; "knock it off!"
[v] lower the pitch of (musical notes)
[v] go down in value; "Stock prices dropped"
[v] change from one level to another; "She dropped into army jargon"
[v] leave undone or leave out; "How could I miss that typo?"; "The workers on the conveyor belt miss one out of ten"
[v] utter casually; "drop a hint"
[v] of games, in sports; "The Giants dropped 11 of their first 13"
[v] terminate an association with; "drop him from the Republican ticket"
[v] stop associating with; "They dropped her after she had a child out of wedlock"
[v] cause to fall by or as if by delivering a blow; "strike down a tree"; "Lightning struck down the hikers"
[v] leave or unload, esp. of passengers or cargo;
[v] get rid of; "he shed his image as a pushy boss"; "shed your clothes"
[v] to fall vertically; "the bombs are dropping on enemy targets"
[v] let fall to the ground; "Don't drop the dishes"
[v] fall or drop to a lower place or level; "He sank to his knees."
[v] pay out; "spend money"
[v] hang freely; "the ornaments dangled from the tree"; "The light dropped from the ceiling"



Webster (1913) Definition: Drop, n. [OE. drope, AS. dropa; akin to OS. dropo, D.
drop, OHG. tropo, G. tropfen, Icel. dropi, Sw. droppe; and
Fr. AS. dre['o]pan to drip, drop; akin to OS. driopan, D.
druipen, OHG. triofan, G. triefen, Icel. drj?pa. Cf. Drip,
Droop.]
1. 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. --Milton.

As dear to me as are the ruddy drops That visit my
sad heart. -- Shak.

That drop of peace divine. --Keble.

2. 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.

3. (Arch.)
(a) Same as Gutta.
(b) Any small pendent ornament.

4. Whatever is arranged to drop, hang, or fall from an
elevated position; also, a contrivance for lowering
something; as:
(a) 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.
(b) A machine for lowering heavy weights, as packages,
coal wagons, etc., to a ship's deck.
(c) A contrivance for temporarily lowering a gas jet.
(d) A curtain which drops or falls in front of the stage
of a theater, etc.
(e) A drop press or drop hammer.
(f) (Mach.) The distance of the axis of a shaft below the
base of a hanger.

5. pl. Any medicine the dose of which is measured by drops;
as, lavender drops.

6. (Naut.) The depth of a square sail; -- generally applied
to the courses only. --Ham. Nav. Encyc.

7. Act of dropping; sudden fall or descent.

Ague drop, Black drop. See under Ague, Black.

Drop by drop, in small successive quantities; in repeated
portions. ``Made to taste drop by drop more than the
bitterness of death.'' --Burke.

Drop curtain. See Drop, n., 4.
(d) .

Drop forging. (Mech.)
(a) A forging made in dies by a drop hammer.
(b) The process of making drop forgings.

Drop hammer (Mech.), a hammer for forging, striking up
metal, etc., the weight being raised by a strap or similar
device, and then released to drop on the metal resting on
an anvil or die.

Drop kick (Football), a kick given to the ball as it
rebounds after having been dropped from the hands.

Drop lake, a pigment obtained from Brazil wood. --Mollett.

Drop letter, a letter to be delivered from the same office
where posted.

Drop press (Mech.), a drop hammer; sometimes, a dead-stroke
hammer; -- also called drop.

Drop scene, a drop curtain on which a scene is painted. See
Drop, n., 4.
(d) .

Drop seed. (Bot.) See the List under Glass.

Drop serene. (Med.) See Amaurosis.


Drop, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Droppedor Dropt; p. pr. &
vb. n. Dropping.] [OE. droppen, AS. dropan, v. i. See
Drop, n.]
1. To pour or let fall in drops; to pour in small globules;
to distill. ``The trees drop balsam.'' --Creech.

The recording angel, as he wrote it down, dropped a
tear upon the word and blotted it out forever.
--Sterne.

2. 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.

3. 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. --S. Sharp.

That astonishing ease with which fine ladies drop
you and pick you up again. --Thackeray.

The connection had been dropped many years. -- Sir
W. Scott.

Dropping the too rough H in Hell and Heaven.
--Tennyson.

4. 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.

5. To lower, as a curtain, or the muzzle of a gun, etc.

6. To send, as a letter; as, please drop me a line, a letter,
word.

7. To give birth to; as, to drop a lamb.

8. To cover with drops; to variegate; to bedrop.

Show to the sun their waved coats dropped with gold.
--Milton.

To drop a vessel (Naut.), to leave it astern in a race or a
chase; to outsail it.


Drop, v. i.
1. To fall in drops.

The kindly dew drops from the higher tree, And wets
the little plants that lowly dwell. --Spenser.

2. 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. --H. Spencer.

When the sound of dropping nuts is heard. --Bryant.

3. To let drops fall; to discharge itself in drops.

The heavens . . . dropped at the presence of God.
--Ps. lxviii.
8.

4. To fall dead, or to fall in death.

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. --Digby.

5. To come to an end; to cease; to pass out of mind; as, the
affair dropped. --Pope.

6. To come unexpectedly; -- with in or into; as, my old
friend dropped in a moment. --Steele.

Takes care to drop in when he thinks you are just
seated. --Spectator.

7. To fall or be depressed; to lower; as, the point of the
spear dropped a little.

8. To fall short of a mark. [R.]

Often it drops or overshoots by the disproportion of
distance. --Collier.

9. To be deep in extent; to descend perpendicularly; as, her
main topsail drops seventeen yards.

To drop astern (Naut.), to go astern of another vessel; to
be left behind; to slacken the speed of a vessel so as to
fall behind and to let another pass a head.

To drop down (Naut.), to sail, row, or move down a river,
or toward the sea.

To drop off, to fall asleep gently; also, to die. [Colloq.]

Synonyms: bead, cast, cast off, cliff, cut down, dangle, degenerate, deteriorate, discharge, driblet, drop cloth, drop curtain, drop-off, expend, fall, fall, fell, flatten, free fall, knock off, leave out, miss, neglect, omit, overleap, overlook, pearl, pretermit, put down, set down, shake off, shed, spend, strike down, swing, throw, throw away, throw off, unload

Antonyms: attend to, convalesce, recover, recuperate, sharpen, take to heart

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