Definition of


  1. (noun, shape) a shape that is spherical and small
    beads of sweat on his forehead
  2. (noun, quantity) a small indefinite quantity (especially of a liquid)
    a drop of each sample was analyzed
    there is not a drop of pity in that man
    years afterward, they would pay the blood-money, driblet by driblet
  3. (noun, attribute) a sudden sharp decrease in some quantity
    there was a drop in pressure in the pulmonary artery
    a dip in prices
    when that became known the price of their stock went into free fall
  4. (noun, object) a steep high face of rock
    a steep drop
  5. (noun, location) a predetermined hiding place for the deposit and distribution of illicit goods (such as drugs or stolen property)
  6. (noun, event) a free and rapid descent by the force of gravity
  7. (noun, artifact) a curtain that can be lowered and raised onto a stage from the flies; often used as background scenery
  8. (noun, artifact) a central depository where things can be left or picked up
  9. (noun, act) the act of dropping something
  10. (verb, motion) let fall to the ground
  11. (verb, motion) to fall vertically
  12. (verb, change) go down in value
  13. (verb, motion) fall or descend to a lower place or level
  14. (verb, social) terminate an association with
  15. (verb, communication) utter with seeming casualness
    drop names
  16. (verb, change) stop pursuing or acting
    knock it off!
  17. (verb, contact) leave or unload
    drop off the passengers at the hotel
  18. (verb, contact) cause to fall by or as if by delivering a blow
    Lightning struck down the hikers
  19. (verb, competition) lose (a game)
  20. (verb, possession) pay out
  21. (verb, change) lower the pitch of (musical notes)
  22. (verb, stative) hang freely
    The light dropped from the ceiling
  23. (verb, social) stop associating with
  24. (verb, contact) let or cause to fall in drops
  25. (verb, contact) get rid of
    shed your clothes
  26. (verb, consumption) take (a drug, especially LSD), by mouth
  27. (verb, cognition) omit (a letter or syllable) in speaking or writing
  28. (verb, cognition) leave undone or leave out
    The workers on the conveyor belt miss one out of ten
  29. (verb, change) change from one level to another
  30. (verb, change) fall or sink into a state of exhaustion or death
  31. (verb, body) grow worse
    Conditions in the slums degenerated
    The discussion devolved into a shouting match
  32. (verb, body) give birth; used for animals

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Alternate forms of Drop

Derivations: drop, droplet, dropper

Hyponyms: abscise, afford, air-drop, autotomise, autotomize, blow, chop down, commit, consume, correction, crag, cut, dead drop, decline, deplete, dewdrop, droop, drop open, droplet, dump, eat, eat up, economise, economize, exfoliate, exhaust, exuviate, eye-drop, eyedrop, fade, fall off, fall open, fatigue, flag, flump, flump down, forget, free fall, hang, invest, jade, jump, languish, lay out, log, loll, lumber, maildrop, misspend, molt, moult, nickel-and-dime, nol.pros., nolle pros, nolle prosequi, pall, pass over, penny-pinch, piddle, piddle away, place, plank down, plonk down, plop, plummet, plump, plump down, plunge, poleax, poleaxe, precipice, precipitation, put, raindrop, rot, run through, sag, sag down, save, shed, sink, skip, skip over, slough, slump, squander, swag, tear, teardrop, tire, trifle, trifle away, tumble, underspend, use up, voltage drop, wanton, wanton away, ware, waste, weary, wharf, wipe out

Hypernyms: alter, bear, birth, can, cease, change, change posture, come down, curtain, cut, decline, decrease, decrement, deliver, deposit, depositary, depository, descend, descent, discontinue, dismiss, displace, do drugs, drape, drapery, drug, elide, express, fall, fire, force out, formation, geological formation, give birth, give notice, give the axe, give the sack, give tongue to, give up, go down, gravitation, hang, have, hiding place, lay off, lose, mantle, modify, move, pall, pay, pour, quit, remove, repository, sack, send away, small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity, sphere, stop, take, take away, terminate, utter, verbalise, verbalize, wane, withdraw, worsen

Origin of the word Drop

  1. O.E. dropa, from P.Gmc. drupon, from PIE *dhreub-. Meaning "lozenge, hard candy" is 1723. The verb (O.E.) originally meant "fall in drops;" transitive sense "allow to fall" is mid-14c. Related: Dropped; dropping. Drop in the bucket (late 14c.) is from Isa. ix.15 [K.J.V.]. Exclamation drop dead is from 1934; as an adj. meaning "st… more

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