dropdrop2 ●●● S2 W3 noun 1 liquid [countable]LIQUID a very small amount of liquid that falls in a round shapedrop 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► see thesaurus at piece2 small amount [usually singular] informal a) DFDLIQUIDa small amount of liquid that you drink, especially alcoholdrop of She likes to add a drop of brandy to her tea. George hasn’t touched a drop (=drunk any alcohol) for years. b) SMALLa small amount of somethingdrop of I haven’t got a drop of sympathy for him.3 reduction [singular]LESS a reduction in the amount, level, or number of something, especially a large or sudden one syn falldrop in Manufacturers report a big drop in new orders. a drop in temperaturea sharp/dramatic/marked drop in something The results showed a sharp drop in profits.4 distance to ground [singular]DNDISTANCE 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 hat6 delivery [countable]TTA an act of delivering something somewhere, for example by dropping it from a plane syn 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 drop7 → lemon/fruit/chocolate etc drop8 → a drop in the ocean9 → eye/ear etc drops
Examples from the Corpusdrop• Despite the air drops of food and tents, the refugees continue to suffer.• Big drops of rain slid down the window pane.• Unfortunately, the talent level took a definite drop by the late-1980s.• Then for every drop of oil that stuck to the chopstick a drop of water remained in the bottle.• Add a few drops of vanilla essence, the egg white and half the butter.• She applied a few drops of perfume behind her ears and smiled at her reflection in the mirror.• It's a twenty-five-foot drop from this cliff.• In fact, each individual drop of water is describing a circular motion which takes it nowhere overall.• Worrell had achieved any captain's dream of knowing that his players would give their last drop of sweat just for him.• It was the worst one-day stock market drop since the Great Crash of 1929.• Multiply the number of widths by the number of pattern repeats per drop to give the total number of pattern repeats required.• There was a sudden drop in the plane's altitude.• Maggie slid from the saddle and held the reins, her eyes on the drop to the lake.drop of• a tear drop• The glass in the kitchen still had a drop of milk in it.• Big drops of rain splashed on the sidewalk.a sharp/dramatic/marked drop in something• Cuts in salaries, bonuses and overtime payments have reduced many family-incomes and caused a sharp drop in consumer spending.• The announcement prompted a sharp drop in the share price, along with the departure of one Uni-Invest board member.• One reason: a sharp drop in the number of undergraduate students choosing economics as a major.• Guest houses reported a sharp drop in visitors on the popular route following the attack.• The Socialists suffered a sharp drop in votes and seats.• Could these factors contribute to a dramatic drop in the self-esteem of schoolgirls?• The decline was in part due to a sharp drop in gasoline prices.• Last year, a sharp drop in interest rates boosted the value of a 30-year Treasury bond by more than 30 percent.sheer ... drop• He'd had a short walk after the service and every path seemed to end in a cliff or a sheer drop.• There is a wind-blown cornice of about one and a half metres overhanging a sheer drop of about eight metres.• There was a sheer drop, half the height of a man, down to the water's surface.• They parked and walked to the cape where there was a terrifying sheer drop to the sea.• The fourth side of the clearing was sheer cliff drop, attended by a barrier of split rails.• The cliff was sheer, dropping down to secret rocky coves below them with the sea gently lapping white sand.