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dropper

[drop-er] /ˈdrɒp ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that drops.
2.
a glass tube with a hollow rubber bulb at one end and a small opening at the other, for drawing in a liquid and expelling it in drops; medicine dropper.
3.
a short-haired dog that is a cross between a pointer and a setter.
Origin
1690-1700
1690-1700; drop + -er1
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Examples from the web for dropper
  • Today she was more than willing to take thin cream of wheat through the dropper.
  • One used a medicine dropper to add lavender into the beige liquid, while another stirred the drops in.
  • In any case, it's a jaw-dropper in this era of micro-managed, spin-the-message celebrity.
  • All it takes is two test tubes, some chemicals, a medicine dropper.
  • If the dropper sinks to the bottom, let some water out of the dropper.
  • If the dropper floats, but well above the surface of the water, draw more water into the dropper.
  • The dropper is deleted when the backdoor is installed, and the temporary file is removed when the computer is restarted.
British Dictionary definitions for dropper

dropper

/ˈdrɒpə/
noun
1.
a small tube having a rubber bulb at one end for drawing up and dispensing drops of liquid
2.
a person or thing that drops
3.
(angling) a short length of monofilament by which a fly is attached to the main trace or leader above the tail fly
4.
(Austral & NZ) a batten attached to the top wire of a fence to keep the wires apart
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Word Origin and History for dropper
n.

1700, "distiller," agent noun from drop (v.). Meaning "small tube from which liquid may be made to fall in drops" is from 1889.

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dropper in Medicine

dropper drop·per (drŏp'ər)
n.
A device that produces drops, especially a small tube with a suction bulb at one end for drawing in a liquid and releasing it in drops. Also called instillator.

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Slang definitions & phrases for dropper

dropper

noun
  1. A paid assassin; criminal who injures or kills his victims; hit man: We got to send East for a couple of droppers (1920s+ Underworld)
  2. A thief who treats his victims violently; cowboy, mugger (1920s+ Underworld)
  3. A confidence man who drops something of value, appears to find it, and offers the dupe a share, for a price (1785+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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