Drop

Definition of Drop

Pronunciation: drǒp
n.1.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.
With minute drops from off the eaves.
- Milton.
As dear to me as are the ruddy drops
That visit my sad heart.
- Shak.
That drop of peace divine.
- Keble.
2.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.(Arch.) Same as Gutta.
4.(Mach.) Whatever is arranged to drop, hang, or fall from an elevated position; also, a contrivance for lowering something
5.Any medicine the dose of which is measured by drops; as, lavender drops.
6.(Naut.) The depth of a square sail; - generally applied to the courses only.
7.Act of dropping; sudden fall or descent.
Ague drop
See under Ague, Black.
Drop by drop
in small successive quantities; in repeated portions.
Drop curtain
d - See Drop, n., 4. (d).
- Burke.
Drop forging
a - (Mech.) A forging made in dies by a drop hammer.
b - The process of making drop forgings.
Drop hammer
(Mech.) a hammer for forging, striking up metal, etc., the weight being raised by a strap or similar device, and then released to drop on the metal resting on an anvil or die.
Drop kick
(Football) a kick given to the ball as it rebounds after having been dropped from the hands.
Drop lake
a pigment obtained from Brazil wood.
Drop letter
a letter to be delivered from the same office where posted.
- Mollett.
Drop press
(Mech.) a drop hammer; sometimes, a dead-stroke hammer; - also called drop.
Drop scene
d - a drop curtain on which a scene is painted. See Drop, n., 4. (d).
Drop seed
(Bot.) See the List under Glass.
Drop serene
(Med.) See Amaurosis.
v. t.1.To pour or let fall in drops; to pour in small globules; to distill.
[imp. & p. p. Dropped or Dropt; p. pr. & vb. n. Dropping.]
The recording angel, as he wrote it down, dropped a tear upon the word and blotted it out forever.
- Sterne.
2.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.
3.To let go; to dismiss; to set aside; to have done with; to discontinue; to forsake; to give up; to omit.
They suddenly drop't the pursuit.
- S. Sharp.
That astonishing ease with which fine ladies drop you and pick you up again.
- Thackeray.
The connection had been dropped many years.
- Sir W. Scott.
Dropping the too rough H in Hell and Heaven.
- Tennyson.
4.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.
5.To lower, as a curtain, or the muzzle of a gun, etc.
6.To send, as a letter; as, please drop me a line, a letter, word.
7.To give birth to; as, to drop a lamb.
8.To cover with drops; to variegate; to bedrop.
Show to the sun their waved coats dropped with gold.
- Milton.
To drop a vessel
(Naut.) to leave it astern in a race or a chase; to outsail it.
v. i.1.To fall in drops.
The kindly dew drops from the higher tree,
And wets the little plants that lowly dwell.
- Spenser.
2.To fall, in general, literally or figuratively; as, ripe fruit drops from a tree; wise words drop from the lips.
Mutilations of which the meaning has dropped out of memory.
- H. Spencer.
When the sound of dropping nuts is heard.
- Bryant.
3.To let drops fall; to discharge itself in drops.
The heavens . . . dropped at the presence of God.
- Ps. lxviii. 8.
4.To fall dead, or to fall in death; as, dropping like flies.
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.
- Digby.
5.To come to an end; to cease; to pass out of mind; as, the affair dropped.
6.To come unexpectedly; - with in or into; as, my old friend dropped in a moment.
Takes care to drop in when he thinks you are just seated.
- Spectator.
7.To fall or be depressed; to lower; as, the point of the spear dropped a little.
8.To fall short of a mark.
Often it drops or overshoots by the disproportion of distance.
- Collier.
9.To be deep in extent; to descend perpendicularly; as, her main topsail drops seventeen yards.
To drop astern
(Naut.) to go astern of another vessel; to be left behind; to slacken the speed of a vessel so as to fall behind and to let another pass a head.
To drop down
(Naut.) to sail, row, or move down a river, or toward the sea.
To drop off
to fall asleep gently; also, to die.

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