DROPS, verb transitive [G.]
1. To pour or let fall in small portions or globules, as a fluid; to distill.
The heavens shall drop down dew. Deuteronomy 33:1.
2. To let fall as any substance; as, to drop the anchor; to drop a stone.
3. To let go; to dismiss; to lay aside; to quit; to leave; to permit to subside; as, to drop an affair; to drop a controversy; to drop a pursuit.
4. To utter slightly, briefly or casually; as, to drop a word in favor of a friend.
5. To insert indirectly, incidentally, or by way of digression; as, to drop a word of instruction in a letter
6. To lay aside; to dismiss from possession; as, to drop these frail bodies.
7. To leave; as, to drop a letter at the post office.
8. To set down and leave; as, the coach dropped a passenger at the inn.
9. To quit; to suffer to cease; as, to drop an acquaintance.
10. To let go; to dismiss from association; as, to drop a companion.
11. To suffer to end or come to nothing; as, to drop a fashion.
12. To bedrop; to speckle; to variegate, as if by sprinkling with drops; as a coat dropped with gold.
13. To lower; as, to drop the muzzle of a gun.
DROP, verb intransitive
1. To distill; to fall in small portions, globules or drops as a liquid. Water drops from the clouds or from the eaves.
2. To let drops fall; to discharge itself in drops
The heavens dropped at the presence of God. Psalms 68:1.
3. To fall; to descend suddenly or abruptly.
4. To fall spontaneously; as, ripe fruit drops from a tree.
5. To die, or to die suddenly. We see one friend after another dropping round us. They drop into the grave.
6. To come to an end; to cease; to be neglected and come to nothing; as, the affair dropped.
7. To come unexpectedly; with in or into; as, my old friend dropped in, a moment.
8. To fall short of a mark. [Not usual.]
Often it drops or overshoots.
9. To fall lower; as, the point of the spear dropped a little.
10. To be deep in extent.
Her main top-sail drops seventeen yards.
To drop astern, in seamens language, is to pass or move towards the stern; to move back; or to slacken the velocity of a vessel to let another pass beyond her.
To drop down, in seamens language, is to sail, row or move down a river, or toward the sea.