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Drop (noun)

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Drop. n.s. [ꝺꞃoppa, Saxon.]

  1. A gobule of moisture; as much liquor as falls at once when there is not a continual stream.

    Meet we the med'cine of our country's weal,
    And with him pour we in our country's purge,
    Each drop of us.
    Shakespeare's Macbeth.

    Whereas Aristotle tells us, that if a drop of wine be put into ten thousand measures of water, the wine being overpowered by so vast a quantity of water, will be turned into it: he speaks, to my apprehension, very improbably. Boyle.

    Admiring, in the gloomy shade,
    Those little drops of light.

    Had I but known that Sancho was his father,
    I would have pour'd a deluge of my blood
    To save one drop of his.
    Dryden's Spanish Fryar.

  2. Diamond hanging in the ear.

    The drops to thee, Brillante, we consign;
    And, Momentilla, let the watch be thine.

Sources: Boyle, Robert (84) · Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Macbeth (136) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Waller, Edmund (63)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269) · Saxon (215)

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