eye dropper
dropper drop"per, n. 1. One who, or that which, drops. Specif.: (Fishing) A fly that drops from the leader above the bob or end fly. [1913 Webster]

2. A dropping tube, usually of glass or plastic with a narrow opening at the tip and a rubber bulb at the top which can be squeezed to control intake or outflow of the fluid. The word is used in combinations with obvious significance, as {eye dropper}, {medicine dropper}, etc.

Syn: eye dropper. [1913 Webster +PJC]

3. (Mining) A branch vein which drops off from, or leaves, the main lode. [1913 Webster]

4. (Zo["o]l.) A dog which suddenly drops upon the ground when it sights game, -- formerly a common, and still an occasional, habit of the setter. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • eye-dropper — /ˈaɪ drɒpə/ (say uy dropuh) noun → dropper (def. 2) …   Australian English dictionary

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  • eye-drop — noun 1. a drop from an eye dropper • Syn: ↑eyedrop • Hypernyms: ↑drop, ↑drib, ↑driblet 2. a method of irrigating the eye used by ophthalmologists • Syn: ↑eyedrop …   Useful english dictionary

  • eye drops — /ˈaɪ drɒps/ (say uy drops) plural noun a solution prepared to be administered to the eye by an eye dropper, especially for the treatment of inflammation or infection: a bottle of eye drops …   Australian English dictionary

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  • eye·drop·per — /ˈaıˌdrɑːpɚ/ noun, pl pers [count] : a small tube that is used to measure out drops of liquid : ↑dropper …   Useful english dictionary

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