Origin of droplight

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65; drop + light1
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Examples from the Web for droplight

Historical Examples of droplight

  • For a minute, the droplight on the table seemed to be dancing a Russian trpac.

    The Dominant Strain

    Anna Chapin Ray

  • He stirred the beads about on his palm, and presently swung them under the droplight.

    The Pagan Madonna

    Harold MacGrath

  • A droplight with a pretty shade gave a home-like air, and the room was as attractive as any other in the house.

    Cloudy Jewel

    Grace Livingston Hill

  • Aunt Cordelia relaxing her attention for the moment turned to speak to Uncle Charlie who was reading his paper by the droplight.

    Emmy Lou's Road to Grace

    George Madden Martin

  • Old Broadbrim looked at it, going over to the desk where the droplight swung.

British Dictionary definitions for droplight


  1. an electric light that may be raised or lowered by means of a pulley or other mechanism
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