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dropout

[drop-out] /ˈdrɒpˌaʊt/
noun
1.
an act or instance of dropping out.
2.
a student who withdraws before completing a course of instruction.
3.
a student who withdraws from high school after having reached the legal age to do so.
4.
a person who withdraws from established society, especially to pursue an alternate lifestyle.
5.
a person who withdraws from a competition, job, task, etc.:
the first dropout from the presidential race.
6.
Rugby. a drop kick made by a defending team from within its own 25-yard (23-meter) line as a result of a touchdown or of the ball's having touched or gone outside of a touch-in-goal line or the dead-ball line.
7.
Also called highlight halftone. a halftone negative or plate in which dots have been eliminated from highlights by continued etching, burning in, opaquing, or the like.
8.
Also called dropout error. the loss of portions of the information on a recorded magnetic tape due to contamination of the magnetic medium or poor contact with the tape heads.
Also, drop-out.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase drop out

drop

[drop] /drɒp/
noun
1.
a small quantity of liquid that falls or is produced in a more or less spherical mass; a liquid globule.
2.
the quantity of liquid contained in such a globule.
3.
a very small quantity of liquid:
I'll have a little more tea, just a drop.
4.
a minute quantity of anything:
not even a drop of mercy.
5.
Usually, drops.
  1. liquid medicine given in a dose or form of globules from a medicine dropper.
  2. a solution for dilating the pupils of the eyes, administered to the eyes in globules by a medicine dropper.
6.
a limited amount of an alcoholic beverage:
He occasionally takes a drop after dinner.
7.
an act or instance of dropping; fall; descent.
8.
the distance or depth to which anything drops:
a ten-foot drop to the ground.
9.
a steep slope:
a short drop to the lake.
10.
a decline in amount, degree, quality, value, etc.:
a drop in prices.
11.
a small, usually spherical, piece of candy; lozenge:
a lemon drop.
12.
a central depository where items are left or transmitted:
a mail drop.
13.
a predesignated place where secret letters or packages can be left to be picked up by another person without attracting attention, as in espionage or drug dealing.
14.
something resembling or likened to a liquid globule, as certain ornaments, a spherical earring, etc.
15.
a pendant.
16.
a descent by parachute.
17.
an instance of dropping supplies by parachute or an amount of supplies so dropped.
18.
something that drops or is used for dropping.
19.
a group of persons dropped by parachute, as the personnel dropped by parachute during one military action.
20.
21.
22.
a gallows.
23.
a slit or opening into which something can be dropped, as in a mailbox.
24.
(in a casino) the income from the sale of chips.
25.
a small flag, usually of enameled metal, that gives a visual signal in an annunciator.
26.
Furniture. an applied ornament resembling a pendant.
27.
Architecture, gutta (def 2).
28.
Nautical. the vertical dimension amidships of any sail that is bent to a standing yard.
Compare hoist (def 6a).
29.
Also called drop panel. (in reinforced-concrete-slab construction) a thickened portion of the ceiling around a column head.
30.
Horology. the free motion of an escape wheel between successive checks by the pallet.
31.
the newborn young of an animal.
verb (used without object), dropped or dropt, dropping.
32.
to fall in globules or small portions, as water or other liquid:
Rain drops from the clouds.
33.
to fall vertically; have an abrupt descent.
34.
to sink or fall to the ground, floor, or bottom as if inanimate.
35.
to fall lower in condition, degree, value, etc.; diminish or lessen; sink:
The prices dropped sharply.
36.
to come to an end; cease; lapse:
There the matter dropped.
37.
to fall or move to a position that is lower, farther back, inferior, etc.:
to drop back in line; to drop to the rear.
38.
to withdraw; quit (often followed by out or from):
to drop out of a race; to drop from a game.
39.
to pass or enter without effort into some condition, activity, or the like:
to drop into sleep; to drop into a habit.
40.
to make an unexpected or unannounced stop at a place; pay an informal visit or call (usually followed by in, by, or over):
Since we're in the neighborhood, why don't we drop in at my brother's?
41.
to cease to appear or be seen; vanish:
to drop from sight or notice.
42.
to fall wounded, dead, etc.:
A thousand men dropped in the battle.
43.
to squat or crouch, as a dog at the sight of game.
44.
to move gently, as with the tide or a light wind (usually followed by down).
45.
Slang. to ingest an illicit drug orally; swallow.
verb (used with object), dropped or dropt, dropping.
46.
to let fall in drops or small portions:
to drop lemon juice into tea.
47.
to let or cause to fall.
48.
to cause or allow to sink to a lower position.
49.
to cause to decrease in value, amount, quality, etc.; reduce.
50.
to utter or express casually or incidentally:
to drop a hint.
51.
to write and send:
Drop me a note.
52.
to bring to the ground by a blow or shot.
53.
to set down or unload, as from a ship, car, etc. (often followed by off):
Drop me at the corner.
54.
to omit (a letter or syllable) in pronunciation or writing:
He dropped his h's.
55.
to lower (the voice) in pitch or loudness.
56.
to cease to keep up or have to do with:
I dropped the subject. Will you drop your old friends if you win the lottery?
57.
to cease to employ, admit as a member, or include, as on a list; dismiss:
to drop an accountant from the payroll; to drop three members of the club who have not paid their dues.
58.
to withdraw or cease to pursue:
The police dropped the charges against the suspect.
59.
Sports.
  1. to throw, shoot, hit, kick, or roll (a ball, puck, etc.) through or into a basket, hole, or other goal:
    He dropped the ball through the basket for two points.
  2. to lose (a game or contest):
    They dropped two games in a row and were eliminated from the tournament.
60.
Football.
  1. to drop-kick (a ball).
  2. to score with a drop kick.
61.
(of animals) to give birth to:
The cat dropped a litter of six kittens.
62.
to parachute (persons, supplies, etc.):
The Marines dropped 300 combat troops into the jungle battlefield.
63.
to lengthen by lowering or letting out:
to drop the hem of a skirt.
64.
to lower (the wheels) into position for landing an airplane.
65.
Slang. to take (especially an illicit drug) by swallowing; ingest:
to drop LSD.
66.
Nautical. to pass out of sight of; outdistance.
67.
Cookery. to poach (an egg).
Verb phrases
68.
drop behind, to fall short of the required pace or progress:
Her long illness caused her to drop behind the rest of the class.
69.
drop off,
  1. to fall asleep.
  2. to decrease; decline:
    Sales have dropped off drastically.
70.
drop out,
  1. to withdraw from being a member or participant:
    to drop out of a club; to drop out of society and become a wanderer.
  2. to stop attending school or college.
Idioms
71.
at the drop of a hat, at the slightest provocation or without delay:
He's ready to fight at the drop of a hat.
72.
drop dead, (used as an expression of contempt, disgust, impatience, etc.):
If that's the way you feel about it, drop dead!
73.
drop in the bucket. bucket (def 13).
74.
get / have the drop on,
  1. to aim and be ready to shoot a gun at an antagonist before the other person's gun can be drawn.
  2. to get or have at a disadvantage.
Origin
before 1000; (noun) Middle English drop(e) drop of liquid, Old English dropa; (v.) Middle English droppen, Old English droppian; akin to drip, droop
Related forms
droplike, adjective
undropped, adjective
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  • Some youths drop out of school in their early teens, and violence is often a problem.
  • The subjects who heard the warning experienced more distress and were six times more likely to drop out of the trial altogether.
  • The potential tribe finds itself in jeopardy as investors drop out and new staff drops in.
  • But some still drop out, he says, because they either need to work or become too discouraged.
  • One by one, the others drop out of the sky and come to rest in a semicircle.
  • The quickening expansion will eventually pull galaxies apart faster than light, causing them to drop out of view.
  • AA is also suspicious, as many regular members do not stay sober, many drop out and many die.
British Dictionary definitions for drop out

dropout

/ˈdrɒpˌaʊt/
noun
1.
a student who fails to complete a school or college course
2.
a person who rejects conventional society
3.
(rugby) drop-out. a drop kick taken by the defending team to restart play, as after a touchdown
4.
(electronics) drop-out. a momentary loss of signal in a magnetic recording medium as a result of an imperfection in its magnetic coating
verb (intransitive, adverb) often foll by of
5.
to abandon or withdraw from (a school, social group, job, etc)

drop

/drɒp/
noun
1.
a small quantity of liquid that forms or falls in a spherical or pear-shaped mass; globule
2.
a very small quantity of liquid
3.
a very small quantity of anything
4.
something resembling a drop in shape or size, such as a decorative pendant or small sweet
5.
the act or an instance of falling; descent
6.
a decrease in amount or value; slump: a drop in prices
7.
the vertical distance that anything may fall
8.
a steep or sheer incline or slope
9.
short for fruit drop
10.
the act of unloading troops, equipment, or supplies by parachute
11.
(in cable television) a short spur from a trunk cable that feeds signals to an individual house
12.
(theatre) See drop curtain
13.
another word for trap door, gallows
14.
(mainly US & Canadian) a slot or aperture through which an object can be dropped to fall into a receptacle
15.
(nautical) the midships height of a sail bent to a fixed yard Compare hoist (sense 6a)
16.
(Austral, cricket, slang) a fall of the wicket: he came in at first drop
17.
See drop shot
18.
a drop in the bucket, a drop in the ocean, an amount very small in relation to what is needed or desired
19.
at the drop of a hat, without hesitation or delay
20.
have had a drop too much, to be drunk
21.
(US & NZ) have the drop on someone, to have the advantage over someone
verb drops, dropping, dropped
22.
(of liquids) to fall or allow to fall in globules
23.
to fall or allow to fall vertically
24.
(transitive) to allow to fall by letting go of
25.
to sink or fall or cause to sink or fall to the ground, as from a blow, wound, shot, weariness, etc
26.
(intransitive; foll by back, behind, etc) to fall, move, or go in a specified manner, direction, etc
27.
(intransitive; foll by in, by, etc) (informal) to pay a casual visit (to)
28.
to decrease or cause to decrease in amount or value: the cost of living never drops
29.
to sink or cause to sink to a lower position, as on a scale
30.
to make or become less in strength, volume, etc
31.
(intransitive) to sink or decline in health or condition
32.
(intransitive) sometimes foll by into. to pass easily into a state or condition: to drop into a habit
33.
(intransitive) to move along gently as with a current of water or air
34.
(transitive) to allow to pass casually in conversation: to drop a hint
35.
(transitive) to leave out (a word or letter)
36.
(transitive) to set down or unload (passengers or goods)
37.
(transitive) to send or post: drop me a line/text/email
38.
(transitive) to discontinue; terminate: let's drop the matter
39.
(transitive) to cease to associate or have to do with
40.
(transitive) (slang, mainly US) to cease to employ: he was dropped from his job
41.
(transitive; sometimes foll by in, off, etc) (informal) to leave or deposit, esp at a specified place
42.
(of animals) to give birth to (offspring)
43.
(slang, mainly US & Canadian) to lose (money), esp when gambling
44.
(transitive) to lengthen (a hem, etc)
45.
(transitive) to unload (troops, equipment, or supplies) by parachute
46.
(transitive) (nautical) to leave behind; sail out of sight of
47.
(transitive) (sport) to omit (a player) from a team
48.
(transitive) to lose (a score, game, or contest): the champion dropped his first service game
49.
(transitive) (sport) to hit or throw (a ball) into a goal: he dropped a 30 foot putt
50.
(transitive) to hit (a ball) with a drop shot
51.
(nautical) drop astern, to fall back to the stern (of another vessel)
52.
(transitive) (motor racing, slang) to spin (the car) and (usually) crash out of the race
53.
(transitive) (slang) to swallow (a drug, esp a barbiturate or LSD)
54.
(slang) drop dead!, an exclamation of contempt
noun, verb
55.
(rugby) short for drop kick or drop-kick
Word Origin
Old English dropian; related to Old High German triofan to drip
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Word Origin and History for drop out

drop

n.

Old English dropa "a drop of liquid," from Proto-Germanic *drupon (cf. Old Saxon dropo, Old Norse dropi, Dutch drop, Old High German tropfo, German Tropfen (n.)), from PIE *dhreu-.

Meaning "an act of dropping" is from 1630s; of immaterial things (prices, temperatures, etc.) from mid-19c. Meaning "lozenge, hard candy" is 1723. Meaning "secret place where things can be left illicitly and picked up later" is from 1931.

Drop in the bucket (late 14c.) is from Isa. ix:15 [KJV]. At the drop of a hat "suddenly" is from 1854; drop-in "casual visit" is 1819; drop-kick is 1857. To get the drop on someone originally was Old West gunslinger slang (1869).

v.

Old English dropian "to fall in drops" (see drop (n.)). Meaning "to fall vertically" is late 14c. Transitive sense "allow to fall" is mid-14c. Related: Dropped; dropping. Exclamation drop dead is from 1934; as an adjective meaning "stunning, excellent" it is first recorded 1970.

dropout

n.

"one who 'drops out' of something," 1930, from drop (v.) + out (adv.). As a phrase, drop out "withdraw" is recorded from 1550s.

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drop out in Medicine

drop (drŏp)
n.

  1. The smallest quantity of liquid heavy enough to fall in a spherical mass.

  2. A volume of liquid equal to 1/76 of a teaspoon and regarded as a unit of dosage for medication.

  3. A small globular piece of candy, usually readily dissolved in the mouth.

v. dropped, drop·ping, drops
To fall, be dispensed, or poured in drops.
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Slang definitions & phrases for drop out

drop out

verb phrase

To remove oneself from the conventional competitive world of politics, business, education, etc: rush back from every excursion into Big Power and drop out with town meetings and backyard picnics (1960s+)


drop

noun
  1. (also drop joint) A seemingly honest place used as a cover for illegal matters, esp as a depot for stolen goods; fence (1930s+ Underworld)
  2. mail drop (1950s+)
  3. A drink or drinks: I could see by his careful walking he'd taken a drop (1775+)
  4. A homeless slum boy: accepting anywhere from 25 cents to $1 a week for taking in drops, rustles, fetches (1950s+ Black)
  5. A paying passenger (1950s+ Cabdrivers)
  6. The base fee on a taxi meter registered when the cabdriver activates the meter (1950s+ Cabdrivers)
verb
  1. To be arrested; be caught with loot; fall (1900+ Underworld)
  2. To knock someone down; deck (1812+)
  3. To kill someone, esp by shooting; bump, off, whack (1726+)
  4. To lose, esp money: He dropped a bundle in the market yesterday (1676+)
  5. To collapse, esp with fatigue: I'll drop if I don't sit down (1400+)
  6. To stop seeing or associating with someone: She dropped her boyfriend (1605+)
  7. To take any narcotic, esp in pill or capsule form: We want a society where you can smoke grass and drop acid (1960s+ Narcotics)
Related Terms

get the drop on someone, knockout drops


dropout

noun

A person who withdraws; voluntary self-excluder, esp from school or college (1920s+)


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Idioms and Phrases with drop out

drop out

Withdraw from participation in a group such as a school, club, or game; also, withdraw from society owing to disillusionment. For example, He couldn't afford the membership dues and had to drop out, or She planned to drop out from college for a year. [ Late 1800s ]
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