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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]dropping adj
1 falling rapidly; "dropping prices"; "dropping rate of production"
2 coming down freely under the influence of gravity; "the eerie whistle of dropping bombs"; "falling rain" [syn: falling]dropping See drop

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  1. present participle of drop
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