Origin of dropping
- 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 droppingshoot, decline, lower, plunge, collapse, dump, tumble, dive, slump, shed, abandon, slide, plummet, slip, knock, release, fell, sink, end, stop
Examples from the Web for dropping
Contemporary Examples of dropping
Then we were dropping in on some cabaret in Denver, or perhaps it was a restaurant in Nevada.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Secondly, as GBCE reports, it puts the kids themselves at a higher risk of dropping out of school, or abandoning it all together.The Radio Battle to Educate Ebola’s Kids
December 11, 2014
He is the drone official, the bland-faced human-resources manager tasked with dropping the axe.Scott Walker: Too Boring to Beat
Ana Marie Cox
November 5, 2014
Releasing a new issue was like dropping an atom bomb on the industry.It Was All a Dream: Drama, Bullshit, and the Rebirth of The Source Magazine
October 14, 2014
One person speculates about the Russians dropping a bomb on the town.The State Where the Right Won the Culture War
October 10, 2014
Historical Examples of dropping
It was set a-going, not by wheels and weights like other clocks, but by the dropping of water.Biographical Stories
Dropping the weapon from his hand it still dangled by the loop.The Monster Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs
"They ain't worth much," he said, dropping them, with a conclusive air.Meadow Grass
"He did well to come to terms with them," continued Hopper, dropping his voice.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
I was dead with fatigue, and was dropping off to sleep in my bed in the car.My Double Life
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