n. v. dropped, drop•ping
1) a small quantity of liquid that falls or is produced in a more or less spherical mass; liquid globule
2) the quantity of liquid contained in such a globule
3) a very small quantity of liquid
4) a minute quantity of anything:
not even a drop of mercy[/ex]
5) pha Usu., drops
a) liquid medicine given in a dose or form of globules from a medicine dropper
b) a solution for dilating the pupils of the eyes, administered to the eyes in this manner
6) a limited amount of an alcoholic beverage:
take a drop after dinner[/ex]
7) an act or instance of dropping; fall; descent
8) the distance or depth to which anything drops
9) a steep slope:
a short drop to the lake[/ex]
10) a decline in amount, degree, quality, value, etc
11) a small, usu. spherical, piece of candy; lozenge
12) a central depository where items are left or transmitted
13) cvb a place where secret letters or packages can be left for picking up by another person without attracting attention
14) something resembling or likened to a liquid globule, as an ornament or jewel
15) a descent by parachute
16) an instance of dropping persons or supplies by parachute or the amount or number so dropped
17) the persons or supplies so dropped
18) something that drops or is used for dropping
19) sbz
drop curtain
21) a gallows
22) a slit or opening into which something can be dropped, as in a mailbox
23) the newborn young of an animal
24) to fall in globules or small portions, as water or other liquid
25) to fall vertically; have an abrupt descent
26) to sink or fall to the ground, floor, or bottom as if inanimate
27) to fall lower in condition, degree, value, etc.; diminish or lessen; sink
28) to come to an end; cease; lapse:
There the matter dropped[/ex]
29) to fall or move to a position that is lower, farther back, inferior, etc.:
to drop back in line[/ex]
30) to withdraw; quit (often fol. by out or from):
to drop out of a race[/ex]
31) to pass or enter without effort into some condition, activity, or the like:
to drop into a reverie[/ex]
32) to make an unexpected or unannounced stop or visit at a place (usu. fol. by in, by, or over)
33) to cease to appear or be seen; vanish:
to drop from sight[/ex]
34) to fall wounded, dead, etc.:
to drop in battle[/ex]
35) to move gently, as with the tide or a light wind (usu. fol. by down)
36) cvb sts Slang. to ingest an illicit drug orally; swallow
37) to let fall in drops or small portions:
to drop cream into coffee[/ex]
38) to let or cause to fall
39) to cause or allow to sink to a lower position
40) to cause to decrease in value, amount, quality, etc.; reduce
41) to utter or express casually or incidentally:
to drop a hint[/ex]
42) to write and send:
Drop me a note[/ex]
43) to bring to the ground by a blow or shot
44) to set down or unload, as from a ship or car (often fol. by off):
Drop us at the corner[/ex]
45) phn to omit (a letter or syllable) in pronunciation or writing: You drop your final r
46) to lower (the voice) in pitch or loudness
47) to abandon; forget:
to drop one's old friends[/ex]
48) to dismiss as an employee, member, etc.; remove
49) cvb to withdraw or cease to pursue:
The libel charges were eventually dropped[/ex]
50) spo to throw, shoot, hit, kick, or roll (a ball, puck, etc.) through or into a basket, hole, or other goal
51) to lose (a game, money, etc.)
52) (of animals) to give birth to
53) to parachute (persons, supplies, etc.)
54) clo to sew again in a lower position:
to drop the hem of a skirt[/ex]
55) aer. to lower (the wheels) into position for landing an airplane
56) cvb sts to take (esp. an illicit drug) by swallowing; ingest:
to drop LSD[/ex]
57) phv drop behind, to fail to keep maintaining the necessary pace, quota of work, standard, etc
58) phv drop off
a) to fall asleep
b) to decrease; decline
59) phv drop out
a) to stop participating
b) to stop attending school or college
c) to abandon the conventions, customs, patterns, etc., of established society
Etymology: bef. 1000; OE dropa; akin to drip, droop

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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