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Etymology 1

Old English dropa.


A water drop.



drop ({{{1}}})
  1. A small mass of liquid just large enough to hold its own weight via surface tension, usually one that falls from a source of liquid.
    Put three drops of oil into the mixture.
  2. The space or distance below a cliff or other high position into which someone or something could fall.
    On one side of the road was a 50-foot drop.
  3. A fall, descent; an act of dropping.
    That was a long drop, but fortunately I didn't break any bones.
  4. A place where items or supplies may be left for others to collect, sometimes associated with criminal activity; a drop-off point.
    I left the plans at the drop, like you asked.
  5. An instance of dropping supplies or making a delivery, sometimes associated with delivery of supplies by parachute.
    The delivery driver has to make three more drops before lunch.
  6. (chiefly Template loop detected: Template:context new 2) a small amount of an alcoholic beverage; or when used with the definite article (the drop), alcoholic spirits in general.
    He usually enjoys a drop after dinner.
    It doesn't matter where you're from; anyone who enjoys the drop is a friend of mine.
  7. (Ireland) A single measure of whisky.
  8. A small, round, sweet piece of hard candy, e.g. a lemon drop; a lozenge.
  9. (American football) A dropped pass.
    Yet another drop for the Tiger tight end.
  10. (American football) Short for drop-back or drop back.
    The Tiger quarterback took a one-step drop, expecting his tight end to be open.
  11. (clothing) In a woman, the difference between bust circumference and hip circumference; in a man, the difference between chest circumference and waist circumference.
  12. (video games, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Any item dropped by defeated enemies.

Etymology 2

Old English dropian.


to drop

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to drop (third-person singular simple present drop, present participle p, simple past and past participle ing)
  1. (intransitive) To fall.
    A single shot was fired and the bird dropped from the sky.
  2. (intransitive) To lessen, decrease, or diminish in value, condition, degree, etc.
    The stock dropped 1.5% yesterday.
    We can take our vacation when the price of fuel drops.
    Watch for the tempurature to drop sharply, then you'll know the reaction is complete.
  3. (intransitive) To lower oneself quickly to the ground.
    Drop and give me thirty push-ups, private!
    If your clothes are on fire, stop, drop and roll.
  4. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To allow to fall, either by releasing hold of, or losing one's grip on.
    Don't drop that plate!
    The police ordered the men to drop their weapons.
  5. (transitive) To get rid of; to eject; to remove; to dismiss; to cease to include, as if on a list.
    I dropped ten pounds and an obnoxious fiance.
    I've been dropped from the football team.
  6. (transitive) To write and send (as a letter or message). See also drop (someone) a line.
    Drop me a note when you get to the city.
  7. (transitive) To cease concerning oneself over; to stop discussing with someone.
    I'm tired of this subject. Will you just drop it?
  8. (transitive) To express or utter casually or incidentally; to casually mention, usually in conversation, sometimes to give an impression of knowledge, ownership, membership, notoriety, or status. See also name-drop.
    The moderator would drop hints whenever the students struggled.
  9. (transitive) To kill, usually by gunshot, especially in reference to big game hunting; or, sometimes, to knock down; to render unconscious.
    Make any sudden movements and I will drop you!
    • 1846, ed. by G. W. Nickisson, “Elephant-Shooting in Ceylon”, in Fraser's Magazine, vol. XXXIII, no. CXCVII
      page 562: ...if the first shot does not drop him, and he rushes on, the second will be a very hurried and most likely ineffectual one...
      page 568 ...with a single shot he dropped him like a master of the art.
    • 1892, Alexander A. A. Kinloch, Large Game Shooting in Thibet, the Himalayas, Northern and Central India, page 126
      As with all other animals, a shot behind the shoulder is the most likely to drop the beast on the spot...
    • 1921, Daniel Henderson, Boone of the Wilderness, page 54
      He dropped the beast with a bullet in its heart.
    • 1985, Beastie Boys, Paul Revere:
      The piano player's out, the music stopped / His boy had beef, and he got dropped...
    • 1992, Dan Parkinson, Dust on the Wind, page 164
      With a quick clench of the fist on Joey's throat, Bodie dropped him. The man crumpled to the ground...
  10. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To fail to pronounce.
    Cockneys drop their h's.
  11. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To fail to respond to (an argument).
    The affirmative team dropped our arguments about the cost of the plan.
  12. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To swallow, as in ingesting a hallucinogen, particularly LSD.
    They had never dropped acid.
  13. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To impart.
    I drop knowledge wherever I go.
    Yo, I drop rhymes like nobody's business.

Derived terms




drop f., m. and n.; tendency towards using the masculine form mostly both in the Netherlands and Flanders (diminutive dropje)

  1. licorice, especially a distinct form of very salty licorice sold as small round candies.




From English drop.



drop m. (plural drops)

  1. (rugby) drop goal

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