dropping

[drop-ing]
noun
1.
the act of a person or thing that drops.
2.
something that drops or falls in drops.
3.
droppings, dung, especially in the form of pellets.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English; Old English droppung. See drop, -ing1

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droppings (ˈdrɒpɪŋz)
 
pl n
the dung of certain animals, such as rabbits, sheep, and birds

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drop
O.E. dropa, from P.Gmc. drupon, from PIE *dhreub-. Meaning "lozenge, hard candy" is 1723. The verb (O.E.) originally meant "fall in drops;" transitive sense "allow to fall" is mid-14c. Related: Dropped; dropping. Drop in the bucket (late 14c.) is from Isa. ix.15 [K.J.V.]. Exclamation drop dead is from
1934; as an adj. meaning "stunning, excellent" it is first recorded 1970. At the drop of a hat "suddenly" is from 1854; drop-in "casual visit" is 1819; drop-kick is 1857.
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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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Some look like objects in the environment such as bird droppings.
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