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drop leaf

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noun Furniture.
  1. 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 formsdrop-leaf, adjective
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Examples from the Web for drop leaf

Historical Examples

  • When opened out a table is seen with two extensions for drop-leaf.

    Home Occupations for Boys and Girls

    Bertha Johnston

  • There lay the letter on the drop-leaf side-table, among the shells.

  • At the Allisons house the driver took on a kitchen table with one drop-leaf gone and the other hanging by one hinge.

    Girl Scouts at Dandelion Camp

    Lillian Elizabeth Roy

  • It was a drop-leaf table, the leaves being cut in with a double curve at each of the four corners.

  • Ought she not to have old-fashioned silver and egg-shell china and drop-leaf mahogany to fit the practice?


British Dictionary definitions for drop leaf

drop leaf

noun
    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
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