to cut off (branches, twigs, etc.) from a tree or other plant.
to cut off (a limb, part, or the like) from a person, animal, etc.
to cut off the branches, twigs, etc., of (a tree or other plant).
to eliminate as unnecessary or excessive: We had to lop off whole pages of the report before presenting it to the committee.
Archaic. to cut off the head, limbs, etc., of (a person).
to cut off branches, twigs, etc., as of a tree.
to remove parts by or as by cutting.
parts or a part lopped off.
(of trees) the smaller branches and twigs not useful as timber.
Other definitions for lop (2 of 3)
to hang loosely or limply; droop.
to sway, move, or go in a drooping or heavy, awkward way.
to move in short, quick leaps: a rabbit lopping through the garden.
to let hang or droop: He lopped his arms at his sides in utter exhaustion.
hanging down limply or droopingly: lop ears.
Other definitions for LOP (3 of 3)
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How to use lop in a sentence
If an establishment is troublesome to him, he lops off at a stroke just as much of it as he chooses.
Clausius had only to discard them as one lops off dead branches.
To the bad thought which I find in it, the same soul becomes a discerning, separating sword, and lops it away.Essays, First Series | Ralph Waldo Emerson
It cuts down all its words to the shortest possible dimensions: a sort of half-Procrustes, which lops but never stretches.
The other posts might be easily culled from tree-lops, destined for fire-wood.Cottage Economy | William Cobbett
British Dictionary definitions for lop (1 of 3)
to sever (parts) from a tree, body, etc, esp with swift strokes
to cut out or eliminate from as excessive
a part or parts lopped off, as from a tree
- lopper, noun
British Dictionary definitions for lop (2 of 3)
to hang or allow to hang loosely
(intr) to slouch about or move awkwardly
British Dictionary definitions for lop (3 of 3)
Northern English dialect a flea
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