- a vertical or very steep descent: The trail has a drop-off of several hundred feet.
- a decline; decrease: Sales have shown a considerable drop-off this year.
- a place where a person or thing can be left, received, accommodated, etc.: a new drop-off for outpatients.
- applied when a rented vehicle is left elsewhere than at the point of hire: to pay a drop-off charge.
Origin of drop-off
First recorded in 1955–60; noun, adj. use of verb phrase drop off
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for drop-off
The effort has not just been focused on “drop-off” voters—that is, Democrats who voted in 2012 but not in the 2010 midterms.The Democrats’ Simple Midterm Weapon
November 4, 2014
Not far from the drop-off point, the team ran into their first roadblock.The Original Ebola Hunter
September 14, 2014
The drop-off is even steeper over the past 30 years: in 1982 the number was 56.4 percent.How We Read Now: 10 Facts from the National Endowment for the Arts Report
September 26, 2013
The U.S. economic recovery, largely driven by a recovery in housing, could be threatened by this drop-off.Rising interest rates spur drop in mortgage financing activity
July 12, 2013
But I would expect to see some drop-off in applications, perhaps a substantial one.The Future of the MD
January 23, 2013
A fine, large fire was started on the ledge of rock that extended out from the "Shelter" to a drop-off of some twenty feet.The Meadow-Brook Girls in the Hills