- 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 [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. fall
- 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 distance
- 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 medicine
- 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. delivering
- 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 related entries: Plane travel sweet/candy
- 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 Word Origin Old English dropa (noun), droppian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to German Tropfen
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.