Definition of drop noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//drɒp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//drɑːp//
    Trends, Sweets and desserts, Plane travel
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    of liquid
  1. 1  [countable] a very small amount of liquid that forms a round shape drops of rain a drop of blood Mix a few drops of milk into the cake mixture. see also raindrop, teardrop
  2. 2  [countable, usually singular] a small quantity of a liquid Could I have a drop more milk in my coffee, please? Would you like a drop of brandy? I haven't touched a drop (= drunk any alcohol) all evening. He drained the last drop of beer from the glass.
  3. fall
  4. 3  [countable, usually singular] drop (in something) a fall or reduction in the amount, level or number of something a drop in prices/temperature, etc. a dramatic/sharp drop in profits If you want the job, you must be prepared to take a drop in salary. There was a substantial drop in the number of people out of work last month. a five per cent drop Language BankfallDescribing a decrease Car crime in Oxford fell significantly last year. Car crime fell by about a quarter over a 12-month period. The number of stolen vehicles dropped from 1 013 to 780, a fall of 26 per cent. According to this data, 780 vehicles were stolen, 26% down on the previous year. There was an 11% drop in reported thefts from motor vehicles, from 1 971 to 1 737. These figures show that, as far as car crime is concerned, the main trend is downwards. See related entries: Trends
  5. distance
  6. 4[singular] a distance down from a high point to a lower point There was a sheer drop of fifty metres to the rocks below. a twenty-foot drop
  7. medicine
  8. 5drops [plural] a liquid medicine that you put one drop at a time into your eyes, ears or nose eye drops Use the drops three times a day.
  9. delivering
  10. 6[countable] the act of delivering somebody/something in a vehicle or by plane; the act of dropping something Aid agencies are organizing food drops to civilians in the war zone. a parachute drop see also mic drop See related entries: Plane travel
  11. sweet/candy
  12. 7[countable] a small round sweet/candy of the type mentioned fruit drops cough drops (= sweets/candy to help a cough) See related entries: Sweets and desserts
  13. Word OriginOld English dropa (noun), droppian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to German Tropfen ‘a drop’, tropfen ‘to drip’, also to drip and droop.Extra examples Great drops of rain started to fall. Large drops of sweat rolled down her face. She wiped a drop of water from her chin. The cliff plunged in a sheer drop down to the beach. The glut of coffee led to a sharp drop in prices. The restaurant has suffered a big drop in trade. Tiny drops of sweat appeared on her forehead. We mustn’t waste a single drop. A few drops of rain fell. Can I have a drop more milk in my coffee, please? He drained the last few drops from his glass. I haven’t touched a drop all evening. There was a drop of blood on her shirt. There was a twenty-foot drop onto the stones beneath. We were inches away from a sheer drop to the crashing waves below. a fall/​drop of 30%Idioms immediately; without hesitating The company can't expect me to move my home and family at the drop of a hat.
    a drop in the ocean (British English) (North American English a drop in the bucket)
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    an amount of something that is too small or unimportant to make any real difference to a situation The amount of money raised was a drop in the ocean compared to what we needed.
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