part of speech: noun

definition 1: a small amount of liquid, usually with a round shape.

  • Dew forms drops on the grass.

definition 2: a very small amount of anything.

  • I like a drop of milk in my tea.

synonyms: bit, dab

definition 3: a sudden fall.

  • We were shaken up when the plane took a drop.
  • There was a drop in temperature before the storm.

definition 4: the distance from the top to the bottom of something.

  • There is a drop of twenty feet from the bridge.

definition 5: a decrease in amount.

  • The restaurant owner expects a drop in business after the holiday season.

synonyms: decline

phrase: at the drop of a hat

 

part of speech: verb

inflections: drops, dropping, dropped

definition 1: to fall to a lower level.

  • The book will drop off the shelf if you don’t move it.

synonyms: descend, fall, sink

antonyms: mount

definition 2: to fall in amount, volume or quality.

  • Their voices dropped when the teacher came in.
  • The temperature drops after sunset.

synonyms: decrease, diminish, fall

antonyms: mount

definition 3: to let fall.

  • I dropped the plate of spaghetti.
  • She dropped an ice cube in her glass.

definition 4: to give up or leave out.

  • I had to drop band practice to make time for studying.

phrase: drop off

phrase: drop out

drop or fall?

Drop means to cause someone or something to move to a lower position. Fall describes the action in which something moves to a lower position.
Compare:
Don’t drop the baby! Don’t let him fall!
The baby fell from the step.

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