Drop v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dropped or Dropt; p. pr. & vb. n. Dropping.]
1. To pour or let fall in drops; to pour in small globules; to distill. “The trees drop balsam.”
The recording angel, as he wrote it down, dropped a tear upon the word and blotted it out forever. --Sterne.
2. To cause to fall in one portion, or by one motion, like a drop; to let fall; as, to drop a line in fishing; to drop a courtesy.
3. To let go; to dismiss; to set aside; to have done with; to discontinue; to forsake; to give up; to omit.
They suddenly drop't the pursuit. --S. Sharp.
That astonishing ease with which fine ladies drop you and pick you up again. --Thackeray.
The connection had been dropped many years. -- Sir W. Scott.
Dropping the too rough H in Hell and Heaven. --Tennyson.
4. To bestow or communicate by a suggestion; to let fall in an indirect, cautious, or gentle manner; as, to drop hint, a word of counsel, etc.
5. To lower, as a curtain, or the muzzle of a gun, etc.
6. To send, as a letter; as, please drop me a line, a letter, word.
7. To give birth to; as, to drop a lamb.
8. To cover with drops; to variegate; to bedrop.
Show to the sun their waved coats dropped with gold. --Milton.
To drop a vessel Naut., to leave it astern in a race or a chase; to outsail it.
1. The action of causing to drop or of letting drop; falling.
2. pl. That which falls in drops; the excrement or dung of animals; -- often used in the plural.
Dropping bottle, an instrument used to supply small quantities of a fluid to a test tube or other vessel.
Dropping fire, a continued irregular discharge of firearms.
Dropping tube, a tube for ejecting any liquid in drops.
n 1: a small quantity (especially of a liquid); "one drop of each
sample was analyzed"; "any child with a drop of negro
blood was legally a negro"; "there is not a drop of pity
in that man" [syn: driblet]
2: a shape that is small and round; "he studied the shapes of
low-viscosity drops"; "beads of sweat on his forehead"
[syn: bead, pearl]
3: a sudden sharp decrease in some quantity; "a drop of 57
points on the Dow Jones index"; "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" [syn: dip, fall, free fall]
4: a steep high face of rock; "he stood on a high cliff
overlooking the town"; "a steep drop" [syn: cliff, drop-off]
5: a predetermined hiding place for the deposit and
distribution of illicit goods (such as drugs or stolen
6: a free and rapid descent by the force of gravity; "it was a
miracle that he survived the drop from that height" [syn:
7: a curtain that can be lowered and raised onto a stage from
the flies; often used as background scenery [syn: drop
curtain, drop cloth]
8: a central depository where things can be left or picked up
9: the act of dropping something; "they expected the drop would
v 1: let fall to the ground; "Don't drop the dishes"
2: to fall vertically; "the bombs are dropping on enemy
3: go down in value; "Stock prices dropped"
4: fall or drop to a lower place or level; "He sank to his
knees" [syn: sink, drop down]
5: terminate an association with; "drop him from the Republican
6: utter casually; "drop a hint"
7: stop pursuing or acting; "drop a lawsuit"; "knock it off!"
[syn: knock off]
8: leave or unload, especially of passengers or cargo; [syn: set
down, put down, unload, discharge]
9: cause to fall by or as if by delivering a blow; "strike down
a tree"; "Lightning struck down the hikers" [syn: fell,
strike down, cut down]
10: lose (a game); "The Giants dropped 11 of their first 13"
11: pay out; "spend money" [syn: spend, expend]
12: lower the pitch of (musical notes) [syn: flatten] [ant: sharpen]
13: hang freely; "the ornaments dangled from the tree"; "The
light dropped from the ceiling" [syn: dangle, swing]
14: stop associating with; "They dropped her after she had a
child out of wedlock" [syn: dismiss, send packing, send
15: let or cause to fall in drops; "dribble oil into the
mixture" [syn: dribble, drip]
16: get rid of; "he shed his image as a pushy boss"; "shed your
clothes" [syn: shed, cast, cast off, shake off, throw,
throw off, throw away]
17: leave undone or leave out; "How could I miss that typo?";
"The workers on the conveyor belt miss one out of ten"
[syn: neglect, pretermit, omit, miss, leave out,
overlook, overleap] [ant: attend to]
18: change from one level to another; "She dropped into army
19: grow worse; "Her condition deteriorated"; "Conditions in the
slums degenerated"; "The discussion devolved into a
shouting match" [syn: devolve, deteriorate, degenerate]
20: give birth; used for animals; "The cow dropped her calf this
[also: dropping, dropped]
adj 1: falling rapidly; "dropping prices"; "dropping rate of
2: coming down freely under the influence of gravity; "the
eerie whistle of dropping bombs"; "falling rain" [syn: falling]