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Meaning of dropping by Wiktionary Dictionary




    1. Present participle of drop .

Explanation of dropping by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. coming down freely under the influence of gravity

    2. the eerie whistle of dropping bombs

    Definition of dropping by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Drop v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dropped or Dropt; p. pr. & vb. n. Dropping.] [OE. droppen, AS. dropan, v. i. See Drop, n.]
      1. To pour or let fall in drops; to pour in small globules; to distill. “The trees drop balsam.” Creech.

      The recording angel, as he wrote it down, dropped a tear upon the word and blotted it out forever. Sterne.

      2. To cause to fall in one portion, or by one motion, like a drop; to let fall; as, “to drop a line in fishing; to drop a courtesy.”

      3. To let go; to dismiss; to set aside; to have done with; to discontinue; to forsake; to give up; to omit.

      They suddenly drop't the pursuit. S. Sharp.

      That astonishing ease with which fine ladies drop you and pick you up again. Thackeray.

      The connection had been dropped many years. Sir W. Scott.

      Dropping the too rough H in Hell and Heaven. Tennyson.

      4. To bestow or communicate by a suggestion; to let fall in an indirect, cautious, or gentle manner; as, “to drop hint, a word of counsel, etc.”

      5. To lower, as a curtain, or the muzzle of a gun, etc.

      6. To send, as a letter; as, “please drop me a line, a letter, word”.

      7. To give birth to; as, “to drop a lamb”.

      8. To cover with drops; to variegate; to bedrop.

      Show to the sun their waved coats dropped with gold. Milton.

      To drop a vessel ( Naut. ), to leave it astern in a race or a chase; to outsail it.

    2. Dropping n.
      1. The action of causing to drop or of letting drop; falling.

      2. pl. That which falls in drops; the excrement or dung of animals; -- often used in the plural.

      Dropping bottle, an instrument used to supply small quantities of a fluid to a test tube or other vessel. -- Dropping fire, a continued irregular discharge of firearms. -- Dropping tube, a tube for ejecting any liquid in drops.