a little drop.

Origin of droplet

First recorded in 1600–10; drop + -let
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Related Words for droplet

bead, tear, globule

Examples from the Web for droplet

Contemporary Examples of droplet

  • But floating out of reach are infinitely many other droplet universes as well.

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    Welcome to the Multiverse!

    Alexander Fabry

    February 11, 2011

  • What he actually said was that he was the “first droplet of the flood,” not blood.

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    Michael Moore

    October 22, 2010

Historical Examples of droplet

  • Then I noticed that not a droplet or smidgin of the jelly remained in the pot.

  • Not a plate nor a girder, not a fragment, not the most minute particle nor droplet of disrupted metal nor of condensed vapor.

    Skylark Three

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • Put a droplet of this blood on a glass slide, cover with cover glass and examine with high power of the microscope.

  • They have managed to get one electron all by itself on a droplet of oil and they have seen how it made the oil behave.

    Common Science

    Carleton W. Washburne

  • Under these conditions the pneumonic patient sprays plague bacilli into the air while coughing and droplet infection follows.


    Thomas Wright Jackson

British Dictionary definitions for droplet



a tiny drop
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Word Origin and History for droplet

c.1600, from drop (n.) + diminutive suffix -let.

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