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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 property)
6 a free and rapid descent by the force of gravity; "it was a miracle that he survived the drop from that height" [syn: fall]
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 be successful"


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 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 ticket"
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 away]
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 jargon"
19 grow worse; "Her condition deteriorated"; "Conditions in the slums degenerated"; "The discussion devolved into a shouting match" [syn: devolve, deteriorate, degenerate] [ant: recuperate]
20 give birth; used for animals; "The cow dropped her calf this morning" [also: dropping, dropped]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • (UK) , /drɒp/, /drQp/
  • (US) , /drɑp/, /drAp/
  • Rhymes with: -ɒp

Etymology 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 UK 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. A small, round, sweet piece of hard candy, i.e. a lemon drop; a lozenge.
  8. A dropped pass.
    Yet another drop for the Tiger tight end.
  9. Short for drop-back or drop back.
    The Tiger quarterback took a one-step drop, expecting his tight end to be open.
  10. In a woman, the difference between bust circumference and hip circumference; in a man, the difference between chest circumference and waist circumference.
small mass of liquid
  • Czech: kapka
  • Dutch: druppel
  • Finnish: pisara, tippa
  • French: goutte, larme
  • German: Tropfen
  • Hebrew: טיפה (t'ipa)
  • Ido: guto
  • Irish: braon
  • Italian: goccia
  • Kurdish: dilop, çip, çipik
  • Polish: kropla
  • Russian: капля
  • Scottish Gaelic: braon
  • Slovak: kvapka
  • Slovene: kaplja
  • Spanish: gota
  • Swedish: droppe
space into which someone or something could fall
a fall
  • Dutch: val
  • Finnish: putoaminen
  • French: chute
  • German: Fall, Sturz
  • Italian: caduta
  • Polish: upadek
  • Portuguese: queda
  • Russian: падение (pad'énije)
  • Swedish: fall
place where items may be left
small, round piece of hard candy

Etymology 2



  1. To fall.
    A single shot was fired and the bird dropped from the sky.
  2. To fall in value.
    The stock dropped 1.5% on the news.
  3. 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 ergative To allow to fall.
    Don't drop that plate!
  5. To get rid of; to eject; to remove.
    I dropped 10 pounds and an obnoxious fiance.
    I've been dropped from the football team.
  6. To cease concerning oneself over.
    I'm tired of this subject. Will you just drop it?
  7. To fail to respond to an argument.
    The affirmative team dropped our arguments about the cost of the plan.
  8. To fail to pronounce.
    Cockneys drop their h's.
  9. To casually mention, usually in conversation, to give an impression of knowledge, ownership or membership.
  10. To kill.
    Make any sudden movements and I will drop you!
    • 1865, E. Littell, The Living Age, page 613
      ...with a single shot he dropped him like a master of the art.
    • 1985, The 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...
  11. transitive slang To swallow, as in ingesting a hallucinogen, particularly LSD.
    They had never dropped acid.
  12. transitive slang To impart.
    I drop knowledge wherever I go.
to fall
to fall in value
to lower oneself quickly to the ground
to allow to fall
to get rid of
to eject, remove
to fail to respond to in an argument
fail to pronounce
slang: to ingest a hallucinogen
slang: impart
  • Spanish: regar, esparcir



drop , and ; 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 drop.


  • /dʁɔp/, /dROp/


fr-noun m

Extensive Definition

Drop or similar may refer to: See also:
drop in German: Drop
drop in French: Drop
drop in Italian: Drop
drop in Japanese: ドロップ (曖昧さ回避)
drop in Finnish: Drop

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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go soft, go to pieces, go uphill, gobbet, grade, grain, gravitate, gravitation, gray out, ground, grow weary, guillotine, gun, gun down, gun for, gurgle, guzzle, halter, hand over, hang, hanging, have, have a baby, have done with, have young, head, head start, header, hemp, hempen collar, herbs, hesitation, hew down, hit, hit the skids, holiday, hot seat, incinerate, inclination, incline, incur loss, inhalant, inside track, interim, interlude, intermezzo, intermission, intermittence, interruption, interval, involution, iota, jackknife, jade, jigger, jilt, jolt, jot, jugulate, jump, keel, keel over, kick, kiss good-bye, kitten, knock down, labor, lamb, languish, lapidate, lapse, lay, lay down, lay level, lay low, lay out, layoff, leach, leaching, lead, leak, leak out, leakage, leaking, lean, leave, leave off, leave out, lessen, let drop, let fly, let go, let off, let out, let slip, let up, lethal chamber, letter box, letter drop, letup, level, libation, lie in, lincture, linctus, list, litter, lixiviate, lixiviation, load, lose, lose altitude, lose out, loss of tone, lota, lower, lull, maiden, mailbag, mailbox, mailing machine, make a sacrifice, materia medica, medicament, medication, medicinal, medicinal herbs, medicine, melt away, microbe, microorganism, midge, minim, minutia, minutiae, mislay, misplace, miss, mite, mixture, molecule, mote, mow down, nip, nol-pros, nonprescription drug, noose, nose dive, nose-dive, not pursue with, odds, officinal, omit, ounce, oust, pant, parachute, parachute jump, part with, particle, pass, pass away, pass out, patent medicine, pause, pearl, peg, peg out, pelt, pepper, percolate, percolation, peter out, pharmacon, physic, pick off, pillar box, pinch, pine, pinhead, pinpoint, pistol, pitch, play out, plop, plug, plummet, plummeting, plump, plunge, plunk, point, poleax, poop out, pop off, postbag, postbox, pot, potation, potion, potshoot, potshot, pounce, pounce on, pounce upon, pour down, powder, power dive, precipitate, preparation, prescription drug, prime, proprietary, proprietary medicine, proprietary name, prostrate, puff, puff and blow, pull, pull down, pup, put behind one, put off, quit, quitclaim, rag, rain, raindrop, rake, rapids, rase, raze, recant, recess, regression, reject, relapse, release, relinquish, remission, remove, render up, renounce, repudiate, resign, respite, rest, retract, retreat, retrocession, retrogradation, retrogression, riddle, rise, rope, round, round of drinks, run down, run low, run out, running dive, running start, rusticate, sack, sacrifice, sag, scaffold, scene, scenery, scrap, screen, scrub, seep, seepage, seeping, send headlong, settle, shake, shed, shelve, shoot, shoot at, shoot down, shoot to death, shot, shotgun, shred, shrink, side scene, sidle, silence, simples, sink, sip, skid, skin-dive, sky dive, sky-dive, slack off, slacken, slant, slide, slip, slip out of, slippage, slope, slowdown, slug, slump, smidgen, smidgin, smitch, snifter, snip, snipe, snippet, snort, something extra, something in reserve, sound, spare, spawn, speck, spot, spread-eagle, spurtle, stab to death, stage screw, stake, stand-down, start, stationary dive, stay, step out of, stone, stone to death, stoop, stop, strike, strike dead, subside, subsidence, succumb, suck, suffer loss, sup, supinate, surrender, suspension, swag, swan dive, sway, swear off, sweat, sweating, swig, swill, swoon, swoop, swoop down, syrup, tab, tableau, tail off, take a header, take a potshot, take down, take off, taper off, taste, tear, teardrop, teaser, tend, tend to go, terminate, the chair, theraputant, throw, throw down, throw off, throw over, throw up, tilt, tip, tire, tisane, tittle, topple, tormentor, torpedo, tot, transformation, transformation scene, travail, tree, trend downward, trickle, tricklet, trill, trip, truce, tumble, turn off, undergo privation, undo, unwrap, upper hand, uprise, vacate, vacation, vanishing point, vantage, vantage ground, vantage point, vaporize, vegetable remedies, visit, waive, wander from, wane, waste, waste away, waterfall, weaken, wear, wear away, wear thin, weary, weep, wet, whack down, wheeze, whelp, whip hand, wilt, wing, wingcut, withdraw from, woodcut, yean, yield
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