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Definition of drop:

  1. A contrivance for temporarily lowering a gas jet.
  2. A curtain which drops or falls in front of the stage of a theater, etc.
  3. 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.
  4. A drop press or drop hammer.
  5. A machine for lowering heavy weights, as packages, coal wagons, etc., to a ship's deck.
  6. Act of dropping; sudden fall or descent.
  7. Any medicine the dose of which is measured by drops; as, lavender drops.
  8. Any small pendent ornament.
  9. Same as Gutta.
  10. 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.
  11. The depth of a square sail; - generally applied to the courses only.
  12. The distance of the axis of a shaft below the base of a hanger.
  13. 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.
  14. To be deep in extent; to descend perpendicularly; as, her main topsail drops seventeen yards.
  15. 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.
  16. 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. To come to an end; to cease; to pass out of mind; as, the affair dropped.
  18. To come unexpectedly; - with in or into; as, my old friend dropped in a moment.
  19. To cover with drops; to variegate; to bedrop.
  20. To fall dead, or to fall in death.
  21. To fall in drops.
  22. To fall or be depressed; to lower; as, the point of the spear dropped a little.
  23. To fall short of a mark.
  24. To fall, in general, literally or figuratively; as, ripe fruit drops from a tree; wise words drop from the lips.
  25. To give birth to; as, to drop a lamb.
  26. To lay out, apply, or employ in any way; to consume by use; to use up or distribute, either in payment or in donations; to spend; as, they expend money for food or in charity; to expend time labor, and thought; to expend hay in feeding cattle, oil in a lamp, water in mechanical operations.
  27. To let drops fall; to discharge itself in drops.
  28. To let go; to dismiss; to set aside; to have done with; to discontinue; to forsake; to give up; to omit.
  29. To lower, as a curtain, or the muzzle of a gun, etc.
  30. To pour or let fall in drops; to pour in small globules; to distill.
  31. To send, as a letter; as, please drop me a line, a letter, word.
  32. Whatever is arranged to drop, hang, or fall from an elevated position; also, a contrivance for lowering something


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