drop meaning

[ drɔp ] Pronunciation:   "drop" in a sentence
Verb: drop (dropped,dropping)  dróp
  1. Let fall to the ground
    "Don't drop the dishes" 
  2. To fall vertically
    "the bombs are dropping on enemy targets" 
  3. Go down in value
    "Stock prices dropped" 
  4. Fall or descend to a lower place or level
Noun: drop  dróp
  1. A shape that is spherical and small
    "he studied the shapes of low-viscosity drops"
    - bead, pearl 
  2. A small indefinite quantity (especially of a liquid)
    "he had a drop too much to drink"; "a drop of each sample was analysed"; "there is not a drop of pity in that man"
    - drib, driblet 
  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"
    - dip, fall, free fall 
  4. A steep high face of rock
    "a steep drop"
    - cliff, drop-off 
  5. A predetermined hiding place for the deposit and distribution of illicit goods (such as drugs or stolen property) 
  6. A free and rapid descent by the force of gravity
    "it was a miracle that he survived the drop from that height"
    - fall 
  7. A curtain that can be lowered and raised onto a stage from the flies; often used as background scenery
    - 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 be successful"

Derived forms: dropping, dropped, drops

See also: droplet, dropper

Type of: alter, bear, birth, can [N. Amer], 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, hidey-hole, hiding place, hidy-hole, 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 [Brit], verbalize, wane, withdraw, worsen

Encyclopedia: Drop

[American slang]
tr. to knock someone down.
• Jim dropped Willard with a punch to the shoulder.
• The swinging board hit him and dropped him.

[British slang]
Verb. To take drugs orally. The term drop acid being common.


Any one of the guttae under the mutules or triglyphs of a Doric entablature.


In a cabinet lock, the vertical dimension from the finished edge of the lock to the center of the cylinder or tube.


In air conditioning, the vertical distance that a horizontally projected airstream falls from its original elevation when leaving an outlet, measured at the end of the throw.


Same as drop curtain.


Same as drop panel.


Of a stair, a fitting used to close the bottom end of a tubular newel.


Same as pendant, 2; also see corner drop.


Same as turned drop.

AmE / verb, noun

verb (-pp-)

1 [+ obj or no obj]

to become or make sth weaker, lower or less:

The price of the shares dropped by 14¢.

The shares dropped in price by 14¢.

Inflation dropped 0.5 per cent in November.

He had to drop his price by $300.

Profits have stayed the same, rather than dropping as we expected.

The top rate of income tax has been dropped from 45% to 42%.

The Dow Jones dropped below the 10 000 level in early trading.

to drop dramatically/sharply/slightly/steeply

2 [+ obj]

to not continue with sth; to stop using sb/sth:

They have dropped their plans to build a new factory.

Dropping that supplier was a good decision.

The clause was dropped from the final agreement.

We have decided to drop our dress code so employees can come to work in more casual clothes.

She has dropped her lawsuit against the newspaper.

3 [+ obj]

to lose money:

I dropped $3 000 in salary when I changed jobs.

4 [+ obj]

to place text, a file, etc. in a particular place on a computer screen by using the mouse button:

Drag the file and drop it in the recycling bin.

DRAG verb (1)


drop the ball (on sth) (AmE) (informal)

to be responsible for sth going wrong or for doing sth badly; to stop taking responsibility for sth:

I want to know who dropped the ball on this project.



drop away


drop back (to sth)

to return to a lower level or amount:

The price of gold dropped back to $378 an ounce.

We expect the oil price to drop back a bit in coming months.

drop off (BrE) (also drop away, AmE, BrE)

to decrease in level or amount, especially after being high for a long time:

Consumer spending dropped off sharply in February.


drop out (of sth)

to no longer take part in or be part of sth:

Some investors want to drop out of the deal.

noun [C, usually sing.]


a fall or reduction in the amount, level or number of sth:

The airline has seen a steep drop in ticket sales.

Manufacturing activity showed a drop of 1.2%. in July.

a 15% drop in profits

The group reported a 17% drop in profits from $2.69 billion to $2.24 billion.

a big/dramatic/large/sharp/slight/steep drop

◆ to expect/forecast/report/suffer a drop (in sth)

1. In wire communications, the line connecting a telephone cable to a subscriber’s building.

The difference in price between the front month and back month in a mortgage-backed security (MBS) dollar roll trade. A dollar roll is a popular type of trade in the MBS pass-through TBA market.

vb dropped; drop·ping vi : to fall in drops
¦ vt
1 of an animal : to give birth to ‹lambs dropped in June›
2 : to take (a drug) orally ‹drop acid›
a : the quantity of fluid that falls in one spherical mass
b drops pl : a dose of medicine measured by drops; specif : a solution for dilating the pupil of the eye
2 : the smallest practical unit of liquid measure that varies in size according to the specific gravity and viscosity of the liquid and to the conditions under which it is formed —compare MINIM


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  1. he used to fight at the drop of a hat.
  2. he was closemouthed and did n't drop a hint.
  3. take care not to spill a drop of the medicine.
  4. a few drops of wine had spilled upon the table.
  5. thus, the terminal voltage drops to zero.

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