dropping

[ drop-ing ]
/ ˈdrɒp ɪŋ /

noun

the act of a person or thing that drops.
something that drops or falls in drops.
droppings, dung, especially in the form of pellets.

Nearby words

  1. dropped seat,
  2. dropped sole,
  3. dropped waist,
  4. dropper,
  5. dropper-in,
  6. dropping bottle,
  7. droppings,
  8. drops,
  9. dropsical,
  10. dropsically

Origin of dropping

before 1000; Middle English; Old English droppung. See drop, -ing1

Origin of drop

before 1000; (noun) Middle English drop(e) drop of liquid, Old English dropa; (v.) Middle English droppen, Old English droppian; akin to drip, droop

Related formsdrop·like, adjectiveun·dropped, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for dropping

drop

/ (drɒp) /

noun

verb drops, dropping or dropped

noun, verb

rugby short for drop kick or drop-kick

Word Origin for drop

Old English dropian; related to Old High German triofan to drip

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Word Origin and History for dropping
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Medicine definitions for dropping

drop

[ drŏp ]

n.

The smallest quantity of liquid heavy enough to fall in a spherical mass.
A volume of liquid equal to 176 of a teaspoon and regarded as a unit of dosage for medication.
A small globular piece of candy, usually readily dissolved in the mouth.

v.

To fall, be dispensed, or poured in drops.

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Idioms and Phrases with dropping

drop

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

also see:

  • 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
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