- 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
Examples from the Web for drops
Contemporary Examples of drops
Chris Stein of Blondie catches Ramone with an “aw, shucks” expression just after he drops a plate of food.‘All Good Cretins Go to Heaven’: Dee Dee Ramone’s Twisted Punk Paintings
December 15, 2014
Eri Hayward is cheerful, even as she drops verbal bombs that demolish mainstream conceptions about being transgender.Thank God! To the Church, This Transgender Woman Is Just a Skank
October 22, 2014
First, Palmer's girlfriend of long standing, Paula, drops by.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
At the end of his junior year, he drops out of Temple and becomes a full-time comic.A Full-Length Bill Cosby Portrait: From Track Star to Ugly Sweaters
September 24, 2014
There are many moments like this, where Barry drops the reader little clues, images, dates and details.Sebastian Barry’s Quarrel With Irish History
May 7, 2014
Historical Examples of drops
Now come fearful auguries, innumerable as the drops of rain.Beneath an Umbrella (From "Twice Told Tales")
Do you see that dip in the ground there where the snow melts as fast as it drops?A Woman Tenderfoot
Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
Then add twelve drops of oil of lemon; or more, if it is not strong.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
At that time had I reasoned with them, it would have been as drops upon a flame.Leila, Complete
A young but severe-looking Socitaire was sprinkling her with drops of water.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