- the cultivated produce of the ground, while growing or when gathered: the wheat crop.
- the yield of such produce for a particular season.
- the yield of some other product in a season: the crop of diamonds.
- a supply produced.
- a collection or group of persons or things appearing or occurring together: this year's crop of students.
- the stock or handle of a whip.
- Also called riding crop. a short riding whip consisting of a stock without a lash.
- Also called craw. Zoology.
- a pouch in the esophagus of many birds, in which food is held for later digestion or for regurgitation to nestlings.
- a chamber or pouch in the foregut of arthropods and annelids for holding and partly crushing food.
- the act of cropping.
- a mark produced by clipping the ears, as of cattle.
- a close-cropped hair style.
- a head of hair so cut.
- an entire tanned hide of an animal.
- Mining. an outcrop of a vein or seam.
- to cut off or remove the head or top of (a plant, grass, etc.).
- to cut off the ends or a part of: to crop the ears of a dog.
- to cut short.
- to clip the ears, hair, etc., of.
- Photography. to cut off or mask the unwanted parts of (a print or negative).
- to cause to bear a crop or crops.
- to graze off (the tops of plants, grass, etc.): The sheep cropped the lawn.
- to bear or yield a crop or crops.
- to feed by cropping or grazing.
- crop out,
- Geology, Mining.to rise to the surface of the ground: Veins of quartz crop out in the canyon walls.
- to become evident or visible; occur: A few cases of smallpox still crop out every now and then.
- crop up, to appear, especially suddenly or unexpectedly: A new problem cropped up.
Origin of crop
Related Words for croppingshave, prune, shear, mow, chop, pare, hew, truncate, clip, reduce, top, shorten, disengage, snip, lop, slash, curtail, detach, skive, pollard
Examples from the Web for cropping
Contemporary Examples of cropping
And Paris is far from alone, the word “Brooklyn” is cropping up all over the world.How Brooklyn Invaded Paris—Next Stop, the World
October 23, 2014
Their family even went to the length of photoshopping Allen out of photographs, and cropping footage of him from family videos.What You Should Know About Woody Allen's Feud With Mia and Ronan Farrow
January 13, 2014
To help them on their way, new blogs, designers, and boutiques promoting Orthodox Jewish style have also been cropping up.Is Suri Cruise Launching a Fashion Line?; Keith Richards' Saint Laurent Tour Wardrobe Up For Sale
The Fashion Beast Team
May 10, 2013
So third-party companies like HealthyWage are cropping up to help groups win cash for weight loss.Workers Earn Money on the Job for Losing Weight
April 10, 2013
New York's gay weddings are cropping up in the most unlikely places—including on the stage of a Tony-winning musical.Broadway's Gay-Marriage Bonanza
July 30, 2011
Historical Examples of cropping
His horse was cropping the grass near the lower side of the grove.Out of the Depths
Robert Ames Bennet
We might yet find them near at hand, with trailing bridles, cropping the grass.The Quadroon
I can hear them stamping their hoofs and cropping the rich pasture.Seven and Nine years Among the Camanches and Apaches
I should be glad to be able to forget it, but now it's all cropping up again.The History of Sir Richard Calmady
We can hear them stamping their hoofs and cropping the rich pasture.The Scalp Hunters
- the produce of cultivated plants, esp cereals, vegetables, and fruit
- the amount of such produce in any particular season
- the yield of some other farm producethe lamb crop
- a group of products, thoughts, people, etc, appearing at one time or in one seasona crop of new publications
- the stock of a thonged whip
- short for riding crop
- a pouchlike expanded part of the oesophagus of birds, in which food is stored or partially digested before passing on to the gizzard
- a similar structure in insects, earthworms, and other invertebrates
- the entire tanned hide of an animal
- a short cropped hairstyleSee also Eton crop
- a notch in or a piece cut out of the ear of an animal
- the act of cropping
- to cut (hair, grass, etc) very short
- to cut and collect (mature produce) from the land or plant on which it has been grown
- to clip part of (the ear or ears) of (an animal), esp as a means of identification
- (also intr) to cause (land) to bear or (of land) to bear or yield a cropthe land cropped well
- (of herbivorous animals) to graze on (grass or similar vegetation)
- photog to cut off or mask unwanted edges or areas of (a negative or print)
Word Origin for crop
Old English cropp "bird's craw," also "head or top of a sprout or herb." The common notion is "protuberance." Cognate with Old High German kropf, Old Norse kroppr. Meaning "harvest product" is c.1300, probably through the verbal meaning "cut off the top of a plant" (c.1200).
"cut off the top of a plant," c.1200, from crop (n.). The general meaning of "to cut off" is mid-15c. Related: Cropped; cropping. Women's fashion crop top is attested from 1984.
In addition to the idioms beginning with crop
- crop out
- crop up
- cream of the crop