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Topic: NATURE

Language: Old English
Origin: dropa

drop

2 noun
     
drop2 S2 W3
1

liquid

[countable] a very small amount of liquid that falls in a round shape
drop of
As the first drops of rain began to fall, Michael started to run.
A single drop of blood splashed onto the floor.
A drop of sweat ran down her forehead and into her eye.
rain drop, teardrop
2

small amount

[usually singular] informal
a) DFD a small amount of liquid that you drink, especially alcohol
drop of
She likes to add a drop of brandy to her tea.
George hasn't touched a drop (=drunk any alcohol) for years.
b) a small amount of something
drop of
I haven't got a drop of sympathy for him.
3

reduction

[singular] a reduction in the amount, level, or number of something, especially a large or sudden one [= fall]
drop in
Manufacturers report a big drop in new orders.
a drop in temperature
a sharp/dramatic/marked drop in something
The results showed a sharp drop in profits.
4

distance to ground

[singular]DN a distance from a higher point down to the ground or to a lower point:
There was a steep drop on one side of the track.
a 20-metre drop
There was an almost sheer (=vertical) drop to the valley below.
5

at the drop of a hat

immediately and without pausing to think about what you are going to do:
Some of these corporations threaten to sue at the drop of a hat.
6

delivery

[countable]TTA an act of delivering something somewhere, for example by dropping it from a plane [= delivery]:
Air drops (=from a plane) of food aid were made to the region yesterday.
My first drop of the day is usually somewhere in north London.
mail drop
7

lemon/fruit/chocolate etc drop

DFF a sweet that tastes of lemon etc
8

a drop in the ocean

British English, a drop in the bucket American English a very small amount of something compared to what is needed or wanted:
5000 new schools are to be built, but this is just a drop in the ocean for such a vast country.
9

eye/ear etc drops

MD a type of medicine that you put in your eye, ear etc, one drop at a time
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