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)
5. To come to an end; to cease; to pass out of mind; as, the affair dropped.
9. To be deep in extent; to descend perpendicularly; as, her main topsail drops seventeen yards. To drop astern, to sail, row, or move down a river, or toward the sea. To drop off, t 1000 o fall asleep gently; also, to die.
1. To pour or let fall in drops; to pour in small globules; to distill. The trees drop balsam. The recording angel, as he wrote it down, dropped a tear upon the word and blotted it out forever. (Sterne)
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)
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.
4. Whatever is arranged to drop, hang, or fall from an elevated position; also, a contrivance for lowering something; as: 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. Act of dropping; sudden fall or descent. Ague drop, black drop. See ague, black. Drop by drop, in small successive quantities; in repeated portions. Made to taste drop by drop more than the bitterness of death. . Drop curtain. See drop.
4. Drop forging.
(Science: botany) see amaurosis.
Origin: oe. Drope, as. Dropa; akin to os. Dropo, D. Drop, OHG. Tropo, g. Tropfen, Icel. Dropi, Sw. Droppe; and fr. As. Dreopan to drip, drop; akin to os. Driopan, D. Druipen, OHG. Triofan, g. Tr 3e2 iefen, Icel. Drjpa. Cf. Drip, droop.