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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n droppings fecal matter of animals
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The dragon drops the cradle containing the little boy The dragon drops the cradle containing the little boy
The boy picks up the bracelet dropped by the fallen maiden The boy picks up the bracelet dropped by the fallen maiden
I amused myself by dropping gingerbread nuts over the seat I amused myself by dropping gingerbread nuts over the seat
Water Drop-wort Water Drop-wort


  • Antoine De Saint-Exupery
    “How could drops of water know themselves to be a river? Yet the river flows on.”
  • John H. Patterson
    John H. Patterson
    “Before you try to convince anyone else, be sure you are convinced, and if you cannot convince yourself, drop the subject.”
  • Rebecca West
    “All men should have a drop of treason in their veins, if nations are not to go soft like so many sleepy pears.”
  • Bruce Dickinson
    Bruce Dickinson
    “Rock music should be gross: that's the fun of it. It gets up and drops its trousers.”
  • Norman Vincent Peale
    “Drop the idea that you are Atlas carrying the world on your shoulders. The world would go on even without you. Don't take yourself so seriously.”
  • J. A. Dever
    J. A. Dever
    “Drop the hammer and pick up the shovel.”


At a drop of a dime - (USA) If someone will do something at the drop of a dime, they will do it instantly, without hesitation.
At the drop of a hat - If you would do something at the drop of a hat, you'd do it immediately.
Drop a bombshell - If someone drops a bombshell, they announce something that changes a situation drastically and unexpectedly.
Drop a dime - (USA) If you drop a dime, you inform the police about someone's illegal activities.
Drop in the bucket - (USA) A drop in the bucket is something so small that it won't make any noticeable difference.
Drop in the ocean - A drop in the ocean implies that something will have little effect because it is small and mostly insignificant.
Drop into your lap - If something drops into your lap, you receive it suddenly, without any warning. ('Fall into your lap' is also used.)
Drop like flies - This means that something is disappearing very quickly. For example, if you said people were dropping like flies, it would mean that they were dying off, quitting or giving up something rapidly.
Drop someone a line - If you drop someone a line, you send a letter to them.
Drop the ball - If someone drops the ball, they are not doing their job or taking their responsibilities seriously enough and let something go wrong.
Dropped like a hot cake - If something is dropped like a hot cake, it is rejected or disposed of very quickly.
Hear a pin drop - If there is complete silence in a room, you can hear a pin drop.
Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink - This is from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, a poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and is used to suggest that despite being surrounded by something, you cannot benefit from it.


In literature:

If it drops, the lover is false; if it sticks, he is true.
"Current Superstitions" by Various
They were surprised to feel a distinct drop in temperature.
"The Revolt on Venus" by Carey Rockwell
The individual local planes came dropping like birds to our stage.
"Brigands of the Moon" by Ray Cummings
They were a family, traveling alone, having dropped out of the company with which they had started.
"The Emigrant Trail" by Geraldine Bonner
He felt that he would drop dead the next moment unless relief came.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
This little talk seemed to bear good fruit, for the Westerner fooled the next batter with two drops, getting two strikes called.
"Frank Merriwell's Reward" by Burt L. Standish
All the absurdity, the nonsense, had dropped away from her.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
Gordon dropped to his knee and demonstrated that they would.
"The Yukon Trail" by William MacLeod Raine
Drop 'em, boys, drop 'em quick, or it's all over with us.
"Jack Haydon's Quest" by John Finnemore
It moved from side to side, and finally dropped down nearer to the floor.
"The Call of the Beaver Patrol" by V. T. Sherman
Drop the analyst, dear Emile, drop the professional point of view.
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
Tess dropped on her pillow.
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
In a flash he had mounted to the sill of the window-opening, and dropped inside the room.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
The ox stands obstinately with his hind legs drawn apart and urine falling drop by drop from the sheath.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
She let me drop on to the floor, and jumped away from me.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
He had dropped without a cry, perhaps even without a pang.
"Under False Pretences" by Adeline Sergeant
Rick saw the spear stop short as the wire caught, saw it hauled back against the propeller and drop free as the prop blades cut it loose.
"The Wailing Octopus" by Harold Leland Goodwin
Add flavoring, drop by drop.
"Fifty-Two Sunday Dinners" by Elizabeth O. Hiller
If you have no luck, drop back.
"The Caves of Fear" by John Blaine
As the boy finished speaking, his body slumped, his head dropped back and life left him.
"Warrior of the Dawn" by Howard Carleton Browne

In poetry:

A few calm words of faith and prayer,
A few bright drops of holy dew,
Shall work a wonder there
Earth's charmers never knew.
"Holy Baptism" by John Keble
As if some wounded eagle's breast,
Slow throbbing o'er the plain,
Had left its airy path impressed
In drops of scarlet rain.
"After A Lecture On Wordsworth" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
The dew doth ev'ry morning fall;
And shall the dew outstrip thy dove?
The dew, for which grasse cannot call,
Drop from above.
"Grace" by George Herbert
Might I but climb to Pisgah's top,
And view the promised land,
My flesh itself should long to drop,
And pray for the command.
"Hymn 49" by Isaac Watts
Just as the first big rain-drop fell,
A weary stranger came,
And stood before the farmer's door,
With travel soiled and lame.
"The Exiles. 1660" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Raising then my hand, I spied
Drops of ocean-fire and light
From my gleaming fingers slide,
Like the shooting-stars of night.
"Aspirations" by Mathilde Blind

In news:

But in his latest blog entry, Mandel argues that Mayor Nutter 's recent announcement to get rid of DROP may be rash.
With More Storms on the Horizon, Insurers Could Drop Coastal Homes Altogether .
Turn on, Start Up, Drop Out.
The new jobs report out today shows a sharp drop in the unemployment rate, but millions of Americans are, of course, still looking for work.
The new jobs report, out today, shows a sharp drop in the unemployment rate.
San Marcos — Local authorities are closely watching the level of the Edwards Aquifer in recent days as the resource has dropped as much as a foot a day as measured at the J17 Index Well at Fort Sam Houston.
Fourth quarter net earnings fell 32% and revenue dropped 8%, to $216.6 million at Hearst- Argyle Television, the company reported.
Iditarod Officials Arrange Food Drop for Mushers and Dogs.
Works include a dropped ice cream cone in Germany.
The café is hosting drop-in art classes from noon to 4 pm every Wednesday.
Removal of some of the dead and down trees in Reds Meadow that were dropped by the enormous windstorm last year begins Monday, according to the Inyo National Forest.
Over the last couple of days the Perseid Meteor shower has created quite a show in the night sky, but after two nights with meteor rates of over 100 per hour, rates have dropped to half that and continue to drop.
Spending among US telcos could drop 10% or more next year, according to UBS analyst Nikos Theodosopoulos, who had previously predicted only a 5% drop.
Jaws dropped when her head dropped on her man's lap, passed out, while the King of Zulu's gave a 15 minute speech.

In science:

This result is sharp in the sense that if any of the hypotheses are dropped, then the conclusion is false.
Cheeger-Gromov Theory and Applications to General Relativity
If the volume bound on space-like hypersurfaces in (5.5) is dropped, then it is possible that space-like hypersurfaces may collapse with bounded curvature, as described in §3.
Cheeger-Gromov Theory and Applications to General Relativity
The algebras A and Aop always have the same Elliott invariant, and the nonisomorphism A 6∼= Aop in our example shows one way in which the Elliott conjecture goes wrong when the nuclearity condition is dropped.
A simple separable C*-algebra not isomorphic to its opposite algebra
For simplicity, we now drop (A, d) from the notation.
Maximally irregularly fibred surfaces of general type
The surface density of the material in the protoplanetary disk available to make planets has to decrease and then drop off at some point.
What can exoplanets tell us about our Solar System?
Oe, while the switching field for the Co layer dropped to about 5 Oe.
Crossed-anisotropy films for magnetic tunnel junctions and magnetic memory applications
The probability of this event is zero with respect to the limiting probability distribution P (d) we constructed, so we drop this event from the space X (d).
Linear Phase Transition in Random Linear Constraint Satisfaction Problem
The colour term included in a previous paper has been dropped since its inclusion was not bringing any significant improvement to the calibration.
A revised calibration of the Mv-W(OI 7774) relationship using Hipparcos data: Its application to Cepheids and evolved stars
In order to lighten the notation and presentation, we shall drop the ’generalized’, and use the same notation for generalized warning as we used for warnings in the BP section.
Constraint Satisfaction by Survey Propagation
In most applications we shall assume that all the Ab ’s are equal and the bond index will be dropped.
Statistical properties of resonance widths for open Quantum Graphs
In either case, within our assumptions it is inconsistent to change energy cuts or to drop Yakutsk events once autocorrelations are found in this set.
Cuts and penalties: comment on "The clustering of ultra-high energy cosmic rays and their sources"
Of course, if we allow Magnus to juggle indefinitely, and he drops occasionally, he will eventually run out of balls.
Juggling probabilities
Such a throw will, in terms of transitions, be treated no differently than a drop.
Juggling probabilities
The standard and add-drop models can both be reinterpreted with this condition relaxed. 2.
Juggling probabilities
In order to simplify the notation, we shall hereafter in this section drop the subscript γ from functions U and V .
Conformal Fractal Geometry and Boundary Quantum Gravity