the cultivated produce of the ground, while growing or when gathered:
the wheat crop.
the yield of such produce for a particular season.
the yield of some other product in a season:
the crop of diamonds.
a supply produced.
a collection or group of persons or things appearing or occurring together:
this year’s crop of students.
the stock or handle of a whip.
Also called riding crop. a short riding whip consisting of a stock without a lash.
Also called craw. Zoology.
the act of cropping.
a mark produced by clipping the ears, as of cattle.
a close-cropped hair style.
a head of hair so cut.
an entire tanned hide of an animal.
Mining. an outcrop of a vein or seam.
verb (used with object), cropped or (Archaic) cropt; cropping.
to cut off or remove the head or top of (a plant, grass, etc.).
to cut off the ends or a part of:
to crop the ears of a dog.
to cut short.
to clip the ears, hair, etc., of.
Photography. to cut off or mask the unwanted parts of (a print or negative).
to cause to bear a crop or crops.
to graze off (the tops of plants, grass, etc.):
The sheep cropped the lawn.
verb (used without object), cropped or (Archaic) cropt; cropping.
to bear or yield a crop or crops.
to feed by cropping or grazing.
crop up, to appear, especially suddenly or unexpectedly:
A new problem cropped up.
the produce of cultivated plants, esp cereals, vegetables, and fruit
a group of products, thoughts, people, etc, appearing at one time or in one season: a crop of new publications
the stock of a thonged whip
short for riding crop
the entire tanned hide of an animal
a short cropped hairstyle See also Eton crop
a notch in or a piece cut out of the ear of an animal
the act of cropping
verb (mainly transitive) crops, cropping, cropped
to cut (hair, grass, etc) very short
to cut and collect (mature produce) from the land or plant on which it has been grown
to clip part of (the ear or ears) of (an animal), esp as a means of identification
(also intransitive) to cause (land) to bear or (of land) to bear or yield a crop: the land cropped well
(of herbivorous animals) to graze on (grass or similar vegetation)
(photog) to cut off or mask unwanted edges or areas of (a negative or print)
Old English cropp “bird’s craw,” also “head or top of a sprout or herb.” The common notion is “protuberance.” Cognate with Old High German kropf, Old Norse kroppr. Meaning “harvest product” is c.1300, probably through the verbal meaning “cut off the top of a plant” (c.1200).
“cut off the top of a plant,” c.1200, from crop (n.). The general meaning of “to cut off” is mid-15c. Related: Cropped; cropping. Women’s fashion crop top is attested from 1984.
consolidated rules of practice
- Crop circle
noun 1. any of various patterns, usually wholly or partly consisting of ring shapes, formed by the unexplained flattening of cereals growing in a field noun any area of grain or crop that has been flattened or cut into a circular geometric pattern, sometimes thought to be made by flying saucers; also called corn circle
[krop-duhst] /ˈkrɒpˌdʌst/ verb (used with object) 1. to subject (a field) to crop-dusting.
noun 1. a pilot employed in crop-dusting from an airplane. 2. an airplane used in crop-dusting.
[krop-duhs-ting] /ˈkrɒpˌdʌs tɪŋ/ noun 1. the spraying of powdered fungicides or insecticides on crops, usually from an airplane. [krop-duhst] /ˈkrɒpˌdʌst/ verb (used with object) 1. to subject (a field) to crop-dusting. noun 1. the spreading of fungicide, etc on crops in the form of dust, often from an aircraft