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drop leaf

noun, Furniture.
a hinged leaf attached to the end or side of a table that can be raised to extend the tabletop or folded vertically downward when not in use.
Origin of drop leaf
First recorded in 1880-85
Related forms
drop-leaf, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • Nobody had ever dared to raise the drop leaf and pass through.

    The Song of Songs Hermann Sudermann
  • Fig. 48 is the end view of a kitchen table with drop leaf, showing the skirting board scribed to the solid side.

    Woodwork Joints William Fairham
  • The small portion is screwed to the table rail and the shaped bracket swings out to support the drop leaf.

    Woodwork Joints William Fairham
  • It should be observed in the latter figure that the edge A of the drop leaf is in alignment with the axis of the hinge.

    Woodwork Joints William Fairham
British Dictionary definitions for drop leaf

drop leaf

  1. a hinged flap on a table that can be raised and supported by a bracket or additional pivoted leg to extend the surface
  2. (as modifier): a drop-leaf table
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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