What does drop mean?

Definitions for drop

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word drop.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. drop, bead, pearlnoun

    a shape that is spherical and small

    "he studied the shapes of low-viscosity drops"; "beads of sweat on his forehead"

  2. drop, drib, dribletnoun

    a small indefinite quantity (especially of a liquid)

    "he had a drop too much to drink"; "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"--Kipling

  3. drop, dip, fall, free fallnoun

    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"

  4. cliff, drop, drop-offnoun

    a steep high face of rock

    "he stood on a high cliff overlooking the town"; "a steep drop"

  5. dropnoun

    a predetermined hiding place for the deposit and distribution of illicit goods (such as drugs or stolen property)

  6. drop, fallnoun

    a free and rapid descent by the force of gravity

    "it was a miracle that he survived the drop from that height"

  7. drop curtain, drop cloth, dropnoun

    a curtain that can be lowered and raised onto a stage from the flies; often used as background scenery

  8. dropnoun

    a central depository where things can be left or picked up

  9. dropverb

    the act of dropping something

    "they expected the drop would be successful"

  10. dropverb

    let fall to the ground

    "Don't drop the dishes"

  11. dropverb

    to fall vertically

    "the bombs are dropping on enemy targets"

  12. dropverb

    go down in value

    "Stock prices dropped"

  13. sink, drop, drop downverb

    fall or descend to a lower place or level

    "He sank to his knees"

  14. dropverb

    terminate an association with

    "drop him from the Republican ticket"

  15. dropverb

    utter with seeming casualness

    "drop a hint"; drop names"

  16. drop, knock offverb

    stop pursuing or acting

    "drop a lawsuit"; "knock it off!"

  17. drop, drop off, set down, put down, unload, dischargeverb

    leave or unload

    "unload the cargo"; "drop off the passengers at the hotel"

  18. fell, drop, strike down, cut downverb

    cause to fall by or as if by delivering a blow

    "strike down a tree"; "Lightning struck down the hikers"

  19. dropverb

    lose (a game)

    "The Giants dropped 11 of their first 13"

  20. spend, expend, dropverb

    pay out

    "spend money"

  21. flatten, dropverb

    lower the pitch of (musical notes)

  22. dangle, swing, dropverb

    hang freely

    "the ornaments dangled from the tree"; "The light dropped from the ceiling"

  23. dismiss, send packing, send away, dropverb

    stop associating with

    "They dropped her after she had a child out of wedlock"

  24. dribble, drip, dropverb

    let or cause to fall in drops

    "dribble oil into the mixture"

  25. shed, cast, cast off, shake off, throw, throw off, throw away, dropverb

    get rid of

    "he shed his image as a pushy boss"; "shed your clothes"

  26. dropverb

    take (a drug, especially LSD), by mouth

    "She dropped acid when she was a teenager"

  27. dropverb

    omit (a letter or syllable) in speaking or writing

    " New Englanders drop their post-vocalic r's"

  28. neglect, pretermit, omit, drop, miss, leave out, overlook, overleapverb

    leave undone or leave out

    "How could I miss that typo?"; "The workers on the conveyor belt miss one out of ten"

  29. dropverb

    change from one level to another

    "She dropped into army jargon"

  30. dropverb

    fall or sink into a state of exhaustion or death

    "shop til you drop"

  31. devolve, deteriorate, drop, degenerateverb

    grow worse

    "Her condition deteriorated"; "Conditions in the slums degenerated"; "The discussion devolved into a shouting match"

  32. dropverb

    give birth; used for animals

    "The cow dropped her calf this morning"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. DROPnoun

    Etymology: droppa, Saxon.

    Meet we the med’cine of our country’s weal,
    And with him pour we in our country’s purge,
    Each drop of us. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Whereas Aristotle tells us, that if a drop of wine be put into ten thousand measures of water, the wine being overpowered by so vast a quantity of water, will be turned into it: he speaks, to my apprehension, very improbably. Boyle.

    Admiring, in the gloomy shade,
    Those little drops of light. Edmund Waller.

    Had I but known that Sancho was his father,
    I would have pour’d a deluge of my blood
    To save one drop of his. John Dryden, Spanish Fryar.

    The drops to thee, Brillante, we consign;
    And, Momentilla, let the watch be thine. Alexander Pope.

  2. To Dropverb

    Etymology: droppan, Saxon.

    His heavens shall drop down dew. Deut. xxxiii. 28.

    Others o’er chimney tops and turrets row,
    And drop their anchors on the meads below. Dryden.

    One only hag remain’d:
    Against a wither’d oak she lean’d her weight,
    Propp’d on her trusty staff, not half upright,
    And dropp’d an aukward court’sy to the knight. Dryden.

    St. John himself will scarce forbear
    To bite his pen and drop a tear;
    The rest will give a shrug, and cry,
    I’m sorry, but we all must die! Jonathan Swift.

    Though I could
    With barefac’d power sweep him from my sight,
    And bid my will avouch it; yet I must not,
    For certain friends that are both his and mine,
    Whose loves I may not drop. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Those who have assumed visible shapes for a season, can hardly be reckoned among this order of compounded beings; because they drop their bodies, and divest themselves of those visible shapes. Isaac Watts, Logick.

    Drop not thy word against the house of Isaac. Amos vii. 16.

    St. Paul’s epistles contain nothing but points of Christian instruction, amongst which he seldom fails to drop in the great and distinguishing doctrines of our holy religion. John Locke.

    Where the act is unmanly or immoral, we ought to drop our hopes, or rather never entertain them. Jeremy Collier, on Despair.

    After having given this judgment in its favour, they suddenly dropt the pursuit. Samuel Sharp, Surgery.

    I have beat the hoof ’till I have worn out these shoes in your service, and not one penny left me to buy more; so that you must even excuse me, if I drop you here. Roger L'Estrange.

    She drilled him on to five and fifty, and will drop him in his old age, if she can find her account in another. Addison.

    They have no sooner fetched themselves up to the fashion of the polite world, but the town has dropped them. Addison.

    Thus was the fame of our Saviour perpetuated by such records as would preserve the traditionary account of him to after-ages, and rectify it, if, by passing through several generations, it might drop any part that was material. Addison.

    Opinions, like fashions, always descend from those of quality to the middle sort, and thence to the vulgar, where they are dropped and vanish. Jonathan Swift.

    Or, sporting with quick glance,
    Shew to the sun their wav’d coats, dropp’d with gold. John Milton.

  3. To Dropverb

    The quality of mercy is not strain’d;
    It droppeth, as the gentle rain from heaven,
    Upon the place beneath. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    The heavens dropped at the presence of God. Ps. lxvii. 8.

    While cumber’d with my dropping cloaths I lay,
    The cruel nation, covetous of prey,
    Stain’d with my blood th’ unhospitable coast. John Dryden, Æn.

    Beneath a rock he sigh’d alone,
    And cold Lycæus wept from every dropping stone. Dryden.

    Philosophers conjecture that you dropped from the moon, or one of the stars. Gulliver’s Travels.

    In every revolution, approaching nearer and nearer to the sun, this comet must at last drop into the sun’s body. George Cheyne.

    So may’st thou live, ’till, like ripe fruit, thou drop
    Into thy mother’s lap; or be with ease
    Gather’d, not harshly pluck’d. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. xi.

    It was your presurmise,
    That in the dole of blows your son might drop. William Shakespeare.

    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. Robert Digby, to Pope.

    Virgil ’s friends thought fit to let drop this incident of Helen. Joseph Addison, Travels.

    I heard of threats, occasioned by my verses: I sent to acquaint them where I was to be found, and so it dropped. Alexander Pope.

    He could never make any figure in company, but by giving disturbance at his entry; and therefore takes care to drop in when he thinks you are just seated. Spectator, №. 448.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dropnoun

    the quantity of fluid which falls in one small spherical mass; a liquid globule; a minim; hence, also, the smallest easily measured portion of a fluid; a small quantity; as, a drop of water

  2. Dropnoun

    that which resembles, or that which hangs like, a liquid drop; as a hanging diamond ornament, an earring, a glass pendant on a chandelier, a sugarplum (sometimes medicated), or a kind of shot or slug

  3. Dropnoun

    same as Gutta

  4. Dropnoun

    any small pendent ornament

  5. Dropnoun

    whatever is arranged to drop, hang, or fall from an elevated position; also, a contrivance for lowering something

  6. Dropnoun

    a door or platform opening downward; a trap door; that part of the gallows on which a culprit stands when he is to be hanged; hence, the gallows itself

  7. Dropnoun

    a machine for lowering heavy weights, as packages, coal wagons, etc., to a ship's deck

  8. Dropnoun

    a contrivance for temporarily lowering a gas jet

  9. Dropnoun

    a curtain which drops or falls in front of the stage of a theater, etc

  10. Dropnoun

    a drop press or drop hammer

  11. Dropnoun

    the distance of the axis of a shaft below the base of a hanger

  12. Dropnoun

    any medicine the dose of which is measured by drops; as, lavender drops

  13. Dropnoun

    the depth of a square sail; -- generally applied to the courses only

  14. Dropnoun

    act of dropping; sudden fall or descent

  15. Dropnoun

    to pour or let fall in drops; to pour in small globules; to distill

  16. Dropnoun

    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

  17. Dropnoun

    to let go; to dismiss; to set aside; to have done with; to discontinue; to forsake; to give up; to omit

  18. Dropnoun

    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

  19. Dropnoun

    to lower, as a curtain, or the muzzle of a gun, etc

  20. Dropnoun

    to send, as a letter; as, please drop me a line, a letter, word

  21. Dropnoun

    to give birth to; as, to drop a lamb

  22. Dropnoun

    to cover with drops; to variegate; to bedrop

  23. Dropverb

    to fall in drops

  24. Dropverb

    to fall, in general, literally or figuratively; as, ripe fruit drops from a tree; wise words drop from the lips

  25. Dropverb

    to let drops fall; to discharge itself in drops

  26. Dropverb

    to fall dead, or to fall in death

  27. Dropverb

    to come to an end; to cease; to pass out of mind; as, the affair dropped

  28. Dropverb

    to come unexpectedly; -- with in or into; as, my old friend dropped in a moment

  29. Dropverb

    to fall or be depressed; to lower; as, the point of the spear dropped a little

  30. Dropverb

    to fall short of a mark

  31. Dropverb

    to be deep in extent; to descend perpendicularly; as, her main topsail drops seventeen yards

  32. Etymology: [OE. droppen, AS. dropan, v. i. See Drop, n.]


  1. Drop

    Drop was the debut album by the Scottish band The Shamen, released in 1987 on their own Moksha label.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Drop

    drop, n. a small particle of liquid which falls at one time: a very small quantity of liquid: anything hanging like a drop: a fall: a trap in the gallows scaffold, the fall of which allows the criminal to drop: a device for lowering goods into a ship's hold.—v.i. to fall in small particles: to let drops fall: to fall suddenly: to come to an end: to fall or sink lower.—v.t. to let fall in drops: to let fall: to let go, dismiss, break off, as an acquaintance: to utter casually: to write and send (a note) in an off-hand manner: to set down from a carriage:—pr.p. drop′ping; pa.p. dropped.—ns. Drop′-drill, an apparatus for dropping seed and manure into the soil simultaneously; Drop′-hamm′er, Drop′-press, a swaging, stamping, or forging machine having either a regular or intermittent motion; Drop′let, a little drop; Drop′-lett′er (U.S.), a letter posted in any place merely for local delivery; Drop′-net, a net suspended from a boom, to be suddenly dropped on a passing shoal of fish; Drop′ping, that which is dropped: (pl.) dung, esp. of fowls.—adj. Drop′-ripe, so ripe as to be ready to drop from the tree.—ns. Drop′-Scene, a painted curtain suspended by pulleys, which drops in front of the stage in a theatre; Drop′-stone, a stalactic variety of calcite.—adv. Drop′-wise (Tenn.), by drops.—n. Drop′-wort, the Spiræa Filipendula.—Drop astern (naut.), to pass or move towards the stern; Drop away, off, to depart, disappear; Drop down, to sail, move, or row down a coast, or down a river to the sea; Drop in, to come in casually; Drop out, to disappear from one's place; Drop serene, an old medical name for amaurosis, literally translated from L. gutta serena.—A dropping fire, a continuous irregular discharge of small-arms.—Prince Rupert's drops, drops of glass which have fallen in a melted state into cold water, and have assumed a tadpole-like shape, the whole falling to dust with a loud report if the point of the tail be nipped off. [A.S. dropa, a drop—dreópan, to drop; Dut. drop, Ger. tropfe.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. drop

    When a line diverges from a parallel or a curve. It is also a name generally used to the courses, but sometimes given to the depth of the square sails in general; as, "Her main top-sail drops seventeen yards." The depth of a sail from head to foot amidships.--To drop anchor is simply to anchor:--underfoot, in calms, a kedge or stream is dropped to prevent drift.

Rap Dictionary

  1. dropnoun

    Convertible car. Long as everybody get crunk in the drop -- Lil Bow Wow (Bounce with me).

  2. dropnoun

    To play music, or sing a song, could mean for the dj or mixer to add bass behind the singers vocals. Drop the beat.

  3. dropnoun

    To tell somebody something. Drop knowledge or science.

  4. dropnoun

    Cocaine that is to be sold, usually in large amounts; with straight drop being uncut cocaine. When the pimp's in the crib hoes drop it like its hot cuz his drop lookin' good... -- Slim Thug (Drop It Like It's Hot / Southern Smoke remix)

  5. dropverb

    Drop / To drop somebody

  6. dropverb

    To be killed or to kill somebody. The struggle it don't stop, until we drop - Krazy Bone (Untill We Drop)

  7. dropverb

    To release to the public. My album drops May 24

  8. dropverb

    To play music, or sing a song, could mean for the dj or mixer to add bass behind the singers vocals. Drop the beat.

  9. dropverb

    To tell somebody something. Drop knowledge or science.

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  2. DROP

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. DROP

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Drop is ranked #55619 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Drop surname appeared 369 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Drop.

    93.7% or 346 total occurrences were White.
    2.9% or 11 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.9% or 7 total occurrences were Black.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'drop' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3572

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'drop' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1458

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'drop' in Nouns Frequency: #1417

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'drop' in Verbs Frequency: #214

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of drop in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of drop in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of drop in a Sentence

  1. Mark Levin:

    Im not saying drop all theconditions.Im saying lets get a littlesmarter about this.We dont ask these businessesCan you adjust to the virus ? [ Are there ] things you can do ?

  2. Peter Marks:

    We take our responsibility for reviewing these vaccines very seriously because we're parents as well, and in looking over the data, I think parents can feel reassured that we have set a standard by which we feel that if something does not meet that standard, we can't proceed forward, for those parents who really feel this, we empathize with them, because I suspect that they're not only concerned about the current situation, even though there's a drop in cases, but they're concerned about future variants that could potentially come along, and that's how we're thinking as well. So this was not based on the dropping number of cases, because it's still a staggering number of cases each day that we're having.

  3. Mark DeSaulnier:

    I would like to be part of re-establishing journalism as a sacred part of American democracy as it once was, the industry right now is going through a tough time, said John Stanton, the former Washington Bureau chief at BuzzFeed News, during the press conference. Were at a crisis point in the industry, and its good that Congress is taking a look at these issues and how these big tech companies are affecting our ability to do our job. Stanton, who was laid off from BuzzFeed earlier this year, recently launched the Save Journalism project with Laura Bassett, the former senior politics reporter at HuffPost. Bassett was laid off from HuffPost in January. FACEBOOKS AVERAGE US USER SPENT 38 MINUTES PER DAY ON THE PLATFORM, A DROP FROM 2017, BUT INSTAGRAM USAGE INCREASED.

  4. Capital Economics:

    This drop can be pinned on weakening global demand for Chinese goods, as well as some disruption to logistics networks and goods supply due to labor shortages amid the reopening wave of infections.

  5. Ole Hansen:

    There is still this global supply glut to deal with, there is no sign from OPEC, Iran is waiting in the wings and U.S. production remains resilient despite a renewed price drop.

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Translations for drop

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  • val, afvalAfrikaans
  • قطرةArabic
  • damcıAzerbaijani
  • тамсыBashkir
  • кро́пляBelarusian
  • драже, ка̀пка, понижавам се, изпускам, пропускам, спадам, падамBulgarian
  • gotaCatalan, Valencian
  • тӏадамChechen
  • kapkaCzech
  • тумламChuvash
  • faldeDanish
  • Absturz, Tropfen, Bonbon, Sturz, der tote Briefkasten, Fall, Abfall, Drops, fallen lassenGerman
  • παστίλια, σταγόνα, πτώσηGreek
  • gutoEsperanto
  • gota, caer, regar, esparcir, descender, dejar caerSpanish
  • قطرهPersian
  • pudotus, pisara, pastilli, pudotuspaikka, rae, putoaminen, tippa, laskea, pisaroida, pudota, lopettaa, kaatua, tiputtaa, heittää, julkaista, pudottaa, tippua, napata, poistaa, lähettää, loppua, ilmestyäFinnish
  • larme, chute, goutte, tomber, laisser tomberFrench
  • falle, drippeWestern Frisian
  • braonIrish
  • braon, boinne, crùb, tuit, leig àsScottish Gaelic
  • טיפהHebrew
  • बूंदHindi
  • csepp, lenyel, beveszHungarian
  • կաթիլ, անկում, գցել, ընկնելArmenian
  • gutoIdo
  • dropi, dettaIcelandic
  • dislivello, caduta, ribasso, salto, goccia, cadere, lasciareItalian
  • 滴, 雫, 落とすJapanese
  • წვეთიGeorgian
  • тамшыKazakh
  • ទម្លាក់Khmer
  • 떨어뜨리다Korean
  • çipik, dilop, çip, خستنKurdish
  • тамчыKyrgyz
  • stagonaLatin
  • DrëpsLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • lašasLithuanian
  • piliens, lāseLatvian
  • makereMāori
  • капкаMacedonian
  • дусалMongolian
  • qatraMaltese
  • dråpe, nbNorwegian
  • snoepje, afgrond, bolletje, val, druppel, dalen, vallen, uitstoten, verwijderen, laten vallenDutch
  • drope, dropsNorwegian Nynorsk
  • slippeNorwegian
  • upadek, dropsy, kropla, spadek, zrzut, obniżenie, usuwać, wrzucić, tracić na wartości, upuszczać, padnąć, upadać, wyrzucać, zapodać, zarzucić, odwołaćPolish
  • gota, dropes, queda, [[deixar]] [[cair]], [[deixar]]-[[se]] [[cair]], cair, soltar, dispensar, deitar-se, diminuir, engolir, baixar, largarPortuguese
  • cădere, bomboană, picătură, drajeu, prăbușire, scăpaRomanian
  • ка́пля, драже́, паде́ние, ледене́ц, тайни́к, обры́в, заки́дываться, па́дать, выки́дывать, урони́ть, сбра́сывать, выбра́сывать, роня́ть, сбро́сить, вы́бросить, опусти́ться, пропуска́ть, заки́нуться, упа́сть, вы́кинуть, пропусти́ть, опуска́тьсяRussian
  • kap, dražeja, pad, капSerbo-Croatian
  • kvapka, spadnúťSlovak
  • kapljaSlovene
  • pikëAlbanian
  • fall, droppe, stup, falla, tappaSwedish
  • kuangushaSwahili
  • துளிTamil
  • వదిలించుకొను, పడిపోవు, పడు, తొలగించుTelugu
  • қатраTajik
  • damjaTurkmen
  • damlaTurkish
  • тамчыTatar
  • кра́пляUkrainian
  • tomchi, qatraUzbek
  • giọt, buông rơiVietnamese

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