• (RP) enPR: drŏp, IPA: /dɹɒp/
  • (America) enPR: drŏp, IPA: /dɹɑp/, [dɹɑp], [d͡ʒɹɑp]

drop (plural drops)

  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.
    • It moved in surges, like a roller coaster on a series of drops and high-banked turns.
  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.
    The Drop (film title)
  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, British, Australian) A small amount of an alcoholic beverage
    He usually enjoys a drop after dinner.
  7. (chiefly, British, when used with the definite article (the drop)) Alcoholic spirits in general.
    It doesn't matter where you're from; anyone who enjoys the drop is a friend of mine.
  8. (Ireland, informal) A single measure of whisky.
  9. A small, round, sweet piece of hard candy, e.g. a lemon drop; a lozenge.
  10. (American football) A dropped pass.
    Yet another drop for the Tiger tight end.
  11. (American football) A drop-back.
    The Tiger quarterback took a one-step drop, expecting his tight end to be open.
  12. (Rugby football) A drop-kick.
  13. In a woman, the difference between bust circumference and hip circumference; in a man, the difference between chest circumference and waist circumference.
  14. (sports, usually with definite article "the") relegation from one division to a lower one
  15. (video games, online gaming) Any item dropped by defeated enemies.
  16. (music) A point in a song, usually electronic-styled music such as dubstep, house, trance or trap, where there is a very noticeable and pleasing change in tempo, bass, and/or overall tone; also known as the highlight or climax.
  17. (US, banking, dated) An unsolicited credit card issue.
  18. The vertical length of a hanging curtain.
  19. That which resembles or hangs like a liquid drop: a hanging diamond ornament, an earring, a glass pendant on a chandelier, etc.
  20. (architecture) A gutta.
  21. A mechanism for lowering something, such as: a trapdoor; a machine for lowering heavy weights onto a ship's deck; a device for temporarily lowering a gas jet; a curtain which falls in front of a theatrical stage; etc.
  22. (slang) (With definite article) A gallows; a sentence of hanging.
    • 2015 "All The Lost Children" The Frankenstein Chronicles episode 3 at 26 minutes 40 seconds
      Crook "I'll find the killers for you, I swear."
      Cop "So why didn't you?"
      Crook "I'm scared of 'em."
      Cop "More than the drop?"
      Crook "Aye. Maybe."
  23. A drop press or drop hammer.
  24. (engineering) The distance of the axis of a shaft below the base of a hanger.
  25. (nautical) The depth of a square sail; generally applied to the courses only.
  26. The cover mounted on a swivel over a keyhole, that rests over the keyhole when not in use to keep out debris, but is swiveled out of the way before inserting the key.
Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • German: der tote Briefkasten
  • Russian: тайни́к
Translations Verb

drop (drops, present participle dropping; past and past participle dropped)

  1. (intransitive) To fall in droplets (of a liquid). [from 11th c.]
    • The kindly dew drops from the higher tree, / And wets the little plants that lowly dwell.
  2. (transitive) To drip (a liquid). [form 14th c.]
    • The equipment shows how much the glacier has moved and the amount it dropped in height over the summer.
    • The trees drop balsam.
    • The recording angel, as he wrote it down, dropped a tear upon the word and blotted it out forever.
  3. (intransitive) Generally, to fall (straight down). [from 14th c.]
    A single shot was fired and the bird dropped from the sky.
  4. (transitive, ergative) To let fall; to allow to fall (either by releasing hold of, or losing one's grip on). [from 14th c.]
    Don't drop that plate!   The police ordered the men to drop their weapons.
  5. (intransitive, obsolete) To let drops fall; to discharge itself in drops.
    • 1611 King James Bible, Psalms 68:8
      The heavens […] dropped at the presence of God.
  6. (transitive) To lower; to move to a lower position.
  7. (transitive) To set down from a vehicle; to deliver or deposit by stopping.
    Synonyms: drop off
    Could you drop me at the airport on your way to work tomorrow?
  8. (intransitive) To sink quickly to the ground. [from 15th c.]
    Drop and give me thirty push-ups, private!
    If your clothes are on fire, stop, drop and roll.
  9. (intransitive) To fall dead, or to fall in death.
    • Nothing, says Seneca, so soon reconciles us to the thoughts of our own death, as the prospect of one friend after another dropping round us.
  10. (intransitive) To come to an end (by not being kept up); to stop. [from 17th c.]
    • 1897, Henry James, What Maisie Knew:
      Maisie's faith in Mrs. Wix for instance had suffered no lapse from the fact that all communication with her had temporarily dropped.
  11. (transitive) To mention casually or incidentally, usually in conversation. [from 17th c.]
    The moderator would drop hints whenever the students struggled.
  12. (transitive, slang) To part with or spend (money). [from 17th c.]
    • 1949, The Atlantian, v 8, Atlanta: United States Penitentiary, p 41:
      The question was: Who put the most in the collection box? The wealthy guy, who dropped a “C” note, or the tattered old dame who parted with her last tarnished penny.
    • 2000, Lisa Reardon, Blameless: A Novel, Random House, p 221:
      I forked over the $19.25. I was in no position to be dropping twenties like gumdrops but I deserved something good from this crappy morning.
  13. (transitive) To cease concerning oneself over; to have nothing more to do with (a subject, discussion etc.). [from 17th c.]
    I'm tired of this subject. Will you just drop it?
    • They suddenly drop't the pursuit.
    • 1859, William Makepeace Thackeray, The Virginians: A Tale of the Last Century
      that astonishing ease with which fine ladies drop you and pick you up again
    • 1815, Sir Walter Scott, Guy Mannering; Or, The Astrologer
      The connection had been dropped many years.
  14. (intransitive) To lessen, decrease, or diminish in value, condition, degree, etc. [from 18th c.]
    The stock dropped 1.5% yesterday.   We can take our vacation when the price of fuel drops.   Watch for the temperature to drop sharply, then you'll know the reaction is complete.
  15. (transitive) To let (a letter etc.) fall into a postbox; to send (a letter or message) in an offhand manner. [from 18th c.]
    Drop me a note when you get to the city.
  16. (transitive) To make (someone or something) fall to the ground from a blow, gunshot etc.; to bring down, to shoot down. [from 18th c.]
    • 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 […]
    Make any sudden movements and I will drop you!
  17. (transitive, linguistics) To fail to write, or (especially) to pronounce (a syllable, letter etc.). [from 19th c.]
    Cockneys drop their aitches.
  18. (cricket, of a fielder) To fail to make a catch from a batted ball that would have led to the batsman being out.
    Warne dropped Tendulkar on 99. Tendulkar went on to get a century next ball
  19. (transitive, slang) To swallow (a drug), particularly LSD. [from 20th c.]
    They had never dropped acid.
  20. (transitive) To dispose (of); get rid of; to remove; to lose.
    I dropped ten pounds and an obnoxious fiancée.
  21. (transitive) To eject; to dismiss; to cease to include, as if on a list.
    • 2019, Louise Taylor, Alex Morgan heads USA past England into Women’s World Cup final (in The Guardian, 2 July 2019)
      If Carly Telford’s replacement of Karen Bardsley, because of a hamstring injury, was enforced, the switch to 4-4-1-1 was not. This new-look configuration saw Rachel Daly deployed in front of Lucy Bronze down the right, Toni Duggan and Fran Kirby dropped, Beth Mead introduced on the left and Nikita Parris moved up front.
    I've been dropped from the football team.
  22. (gambling, intransitive) To drop out of the betting.
    • 1990, Stewart Wolpin, The Rules of Neighborhood Poker According to Hoyle (page 219)
      But more important, if I dropped, Marty would have won the hand automatically.
  23. (rugby football) To score (a goal) by means of a drop kick.
  24. (transitive, slang) To impart.
    I drop knowledge wherever I go.
    Yo, I drop rhymes like nobody's business.
  25. (transitive, music, computing, television, colloquial) To release to the public.
    They dropped "Hip-Hop Xmas" in time for the holidays.
    That hacker has been threatening to drop my docs [i.e. publish my personal information].
  26. (transitive, music) To play a portion of music in the manner of a disc jockey.
    That guy can drop the bass like a monster.
    I love it when he drops his funky beats.
  27. (intransitive, music, television, colloquial) To enter public distribution.
    "Hip-Hop Xmas" dropped in time for the holidays.
  28. (transitive, music) To tune (a guitar string, etc.) to a lower note.
  29. (transitive) To cancel or end a scheduled event, project or course.
    I had to drop calculus because it was taking up too much of my time and I couldn't go anymore.
  30. (transitive, fast food) To cook, especially by deep-frying or grilling.
    Drop a basket of fries.
  31. (intransitive, of a voice) To lower in timbre, often relating to puberty.
    Billy's voice dropped suddenly when he turned 12.
  32. (intransitive, of a sound or song) To lower in pitch, tempo, key, or other quality.
    The song, 180 beats per minute, drops to 150 BPM near the end.
    My synthesizer makes the notes sound funny when they drop below C2.
  33. (intransitive, of people) To visit informally; used with in or by.
    Do drop by soon and I'll lend you that book.
    We'll drop in on her tomorrow.
  34. To give birth to.
    to drop a lamb
  35. To cover with drops; to variegate; to bedrop.
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost
      their waved coats dropped with gold
  36. (informal, of the testicles) To hang lower and begin producing sperm due to puberty.
Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: deitar-se, deixar-se cair
  • Russian: опуска́ться
Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: engolir
  • Russian: пропуска́ть
  • Russian: заки́дываться
  • Portuguese: dispensar
  • Russian: выбра́сывать

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