dropper

[ drop-er ]
/ ˈdrɒp ər /

noun

a person or thing that drops.
a glass tube with a hollow rubber bulb at one end and a small opening at the other, for drawing in a liquid and expelling it in drops; medicine dropper.
a short-haired dog that is a cross between a pointer and a setter.

Origin of dropper

First recorded in 1690–1700; drop + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for dropper

dropper

/ (ˈdrɒpə) /

noun

a small tube having a rubber bulb at one end for drawing up and dispensing drops of liquid
a person or thing that drops
angling a short length of monofilament by which a fly is attached to the main trace or leader above the tail fly
Australian and NZ a batten attached to the top wire of a fence to keep the wires apart
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Word Origin and History for dropper

dropper


n.

1700, "distiller," agent noun from drop (v.). Meaning "small tube from which liquid may be made to fall in drops" is from 1889.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for dropper

dropper

[ drŏpər ]

n.

A device that produces drops, especially a small tube with a suction bulb at one end for drawing in a liquid and releasing it in drops.instillator
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