Dictionary: DROLL'ISH – DROP'SI-ED

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Somewhat droll.

DROM'E-DA-RY, n. [Fr. dromadaire; Sp. dromedario; Port. and It. id.; Ir. droman; Gr. δρομας; from swiftness, running, Gr. δρομος, εδραμον, δρεμω. This explanation supposes the word to be of Greek origin.]

  1. A species of camel, called also the Arabian camel, with one bunch or protuberance on the back, in distinction from the Bactrian camel, which has two bunches.
  2. Any quick traveling camel.

DRONE, n. [Sax. drane, dræn; G. drohne, whence dröhnen, to tinkle, to shake, to tingle. See Ar. Nos. 4 and 7, Class Rn.]

  1. The male of the honey bee. It is smaller than the queen bee, but larger than the working bee. The drones make no honey, but after living a few weeks, they are killed or driven from the hive. – Encyc. Hence,
  2. An idler; a sluggard; one who earns nothing by industry. – Addison.
  3. A humming or low sound, or the instrument of humming. – Milton.
  4. The largest tube of the bag-pipe, which emits a continued deep note.

DRONE, v.i.

  1. To live in idleness; as, a droning king. – Dryden.
  2. To give a low, heavy, dull sound; as, the cymbal's droning sound. – Dryden.


A two winged insect, resembling a drone-bee.

DRON'ING, ppr.

Living in idleness; giving a dull sound.


Idle; sluggish; lazy; indolent; inactive, slow. – Rowe.


In a dronish manner.


State of being dronish.

DROOP, v.i. [Sax. drepan; Ice. driupa. This word is probably from the root of the L. torpeo, the letters being transposed; or from the root of drop, D. druipen, to drip, drop or droop. Indeed all may be of one family.]

  1. To sink or hang down; to lean downward, as a body that is weak or languishing. Plants droop for want of moisture; the human body droops in old age or infirmity.
  2. To languish from grief or other cause. – Sandys.
  3. To fail or sink; to decline; as, the courage or the spirits droop.
  4. To faint; to grow weak; to be dispirited; as, the soldiers droop from fatigue.


Languished; grown weak.


Sinking; hanging or leaning downward; declining; languishing; failing.


In a languishing manner.

DROP, n. [Sax. dropa, a drop; dropian, to drop; G. tropfen; D. drop; Sw. droppe; Dan. draabe. Heb. רעף, Ar. رَعَفَ raafa, and ذَرَفَ tharafa, to drop. Class Rb, No. 11. Heb. ערף id.]

  1. A small portion of any fluid in a spherical form, which falls at once from any body, or a globule of any fluid which is pendent, as if about to fall; a small portion of water falling in rain; as, a drop of water; a drop of blood; a drop of laudanum.
  2. A diamond hanging from the ear; an earring; something hanging in the form of a drop.
  3. A very small quantity of liquor; as he had not drank a drop.
  4. The part of a gallows which sustains the criminal before he is executed, and which is suddenly dropped.

DROP, v.i.

  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. – Ps. lxviii.
  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. – Collier.
  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. – Mar. Dict. To drop astern, in seamen's language, is to pass or move toward the stern; to move back; or to slacken the velocity of a vessel to let another beyond her. To drop down, in seamen's language, is to sail, row, or move down a river, or toward the sea.

DROP, v.t. [Sax. dropian; D. druipen; G. traüfen or tropfen; Sw. drypa; Dan. drypper; Russ. krapayu.]

  1. To pour or let fall in small portions or globules, as a fluid; to distill. The heavens shall drop down dew. – Deut. xxxiii.
  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. – Milton.
  13. To lower; as, to drop the muzzle of a gun.


A little drop. – Shak.


Let fall; distilled; laid aside; dismissed; let go; suffered to subside; sprinkled or variegated.


  1. The act of dropping; a distilling; a falling.
  2. That which drops.


Falling in globules; distilling; falling; laying aside; dismissing; quitting; suffering to rest or subside; variegating with ornaments like drops.


In drops.

DROPS, n. [plur.]

In medicine, a liquid remedy, the dose of which is regulated by a certain number of drops. – Encyc.

DROP'-SE-RENE, n. [gutta serena.]

A disease of the eye; amaurosis, or blindness from a diseased retina. – Milton. Coxe.

DROP'SI-CAL, a. [See Dropsy.]

  1. Diseased with dropsy; hydropical; inclined to the dropsy; applied to persons.
  2. Partaking of the nature of the dropsy; applied to disease.


Diseased with dropsy. – Shak.