- liquid medicine given in a dose or form of globules from a medicine dropper.
- a solution for dilating the pupils of the eyes, administered to the eyes in globules by a medicine dropper.
verb (used without object), dropped or dropt, drop·ping.
verb (used with object), dropped or dropt, drop·ping.
- to throw, shoot, hit, kick, or roll (a ball, puck, etc.) through or into a basket, hole, or other goal: He dropped the ball through the basket for two points.
- to lose (a game or contest): They dropped two games in a row and were eliminated from the tournament.
- to drop-kick (a ball).
- to score with a drop kick.
- to fall asleep.
- to decrease; decline: Sales have dropped off drastically.
- to withdraw from being a member or participant: to drop out of a club; to drop out of society and become a wanderer.
- to stop attending school or college.
- to aim and be ready to shoot a gun at an antagonist before the other person's gun can be drawn.
- to get or have at a disadvantage.
Origin of drop
Related Words for droptumble, plunge, dip, fall, decline, cut, slump, slide, reduction, deterioration, downturn, shoot, lower, collapse, dump, dive, shed, abandon, plummet, slip
Examples from the Web for drop
Contemporary Examples of drop
During an emergency that ratio could be allowed to drop to 8.5 people per orbit.Exclusive: U.S. Drone Fleet at ‘Breaking Point,’ Air Force Says
January 5, 2015
Then, depending on how urgent I think it is to get it, sometimes I have to go back home and drop it off.#Setinthestreet: Your Street Corner Is Their Art Project
December 24, 2014
A Change.org petition asking A&E to drop the show is already making the rounds online.To Catch a Sex Worker: A&E’s Awful, Exploitative Ambush Show
December 19, 2014
When I tried to persuade him to drop the title The Short Night, I proposed calling the picture Pursuit.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Sharp has spent so long being Christopher he can just “drop into him and stay in him consistently” before a performance.The Brit Who Stormed Broadway
December 7, 2014
Historical Examples of drop
And oh, sir,” added Stephen, “may we crave a drop of water for our dog?The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
We have not had a drop of rain since the light shower on the 4th August.Explorations in Australia
I will drop you a slight hint, which you had better bear in mind.Brave and Bold
Mrs M. is a humbug—not a drop of information can I get for love or money.
There was no trace of the body in the waters, no drop of blood on the rocks.Way of the Lawless
verb drops, dropping or dropped
Word Origin for drop
Old English dropa "a drop of liquid," from Proto-Germanic *drupon (cf. Old Saxon dropo, Old Norse dropi, Dutch drop, Old High German tropfo, German Tropfen (n.)), from PIE *dhreu-.
Meaning "an act of dropping" is from 1630s; of immaterial things (prices, temperatures, etc.) from mid-19c. Meaning "lozenge, hard candy" is 1723. Meaning "secret place where things can be left illicitly and picked up later" is from 1931.
Drop in the bucket (late 14c.) is from Isa. ix:15 [KJV]. At the drop of a hat "suddenly" is from 1854; drop-in "casual visit" is 1819; drop-kick is 1857. To get the drop on someone originally was Old West gunslinger slang (1869).
Old English dropian "to fall in drops" (see drop (n.)). Meaning "to fall vertically" is late 14c. Transitive sense "allow to fall" is mid-14c. Related: Dropped; dropping. Exclamation drop dead is from 1934; as an adjective meaning "stunning, excellent" it is first recorded 1970.
In addition to the idioms beginning with drop
- drop a bombshell
- drop a brick
- drop a dime
- drop a line
- drop back
- drop behind
- drop by
- drop dead
- drop in one's tracks
- drop in someone's lap
- drop in the bucket
- drop like a hot potato
- drop like flies
- drop names
- drop off
- drop out
- drop the ball
- at the drop of a hat
- bottom drops out of
- get the drop on
- hear a pin drop
- let drop
- wait for the other shoe to drop