Drop

Drop

, v. i. 1. To fall in drops.
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The kindly dew drops from the higher tree,
And wets the little plants that lowly dwell.
Spenser.
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2. To fall, in general, literally or figuratively; as, ripe fruit drops from a tree; wise words drop from the lips.
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Mutilations of which the meaning has dropped out of memory.
H. Spencer.
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When the sound of dropping nuts is heard.
Bryant.
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3. To let drops fall; to discharge itself in drops.
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The heavens . . . dropped at the presence of God.
Ps. lxviii. 8.
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4. To fall dead, or to fall in death; as, dropping like flies.
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Nothing, says Seneca, so soon reconciles us to the thoughts of our own death, as the prospect of one friend after another dropping round us.
Digby.
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5. To come to an end; to cease; to pass out of mind; as, the affair dropped. Pope.
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6. To come unexpectedly; -- with in or into; as, my old friend dropped in a moment. Steele.
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Takes care to drop in when he thinks you are just seated.
Spectator.
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7. To fall or be depressed; to lower; as, the point of the spear dropped a little.
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8. To fall short of a mark. [R.]
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Often it drops or overshoots by the disproportion of distance.
Collier.
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9. To be deep in extent; to descend perpendicularly; as, her main topsail drops seventeen yards.
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To drop astern (Naut.), to go astern of another vessel; to be left behind; to slacken the speed of a vessel so as to fall behind and to let another pass a head. -- To drop down (Naut.), to sail, row, or move down a river, or toward the sea. -- To drop off, to fall asleep gently; also, to die. [Colloq.]
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