Meaning of crop

crop

Pronunciation: (krop), [key]
— n., v., cropped cropt crop&sylping.
—n.
  1. the cultivated produce of the ground, while growing or when gathered: the wheat crop.
  2. the yield of such produce for a particular season.
  3. the yield of some other product in a season: the crop of diamonds.
  4. a supply produced.
  5. a collection or group of persons or things appearing or occurring together: this year's crop of students.
  6. the stock or handle of a whip.
  7. a short riding whip consisting of a stock without a lash.
  8. Also called
    1. a pouch in the esophagus of many birds, in which food is held for later digestion or for regurgitation to nestlings.
    2. a chamber or pouch in the foregut of arthropods and annelids for holding and partly crushing food.
  9. the act of cropping.
  10. a mark produced by clipping the ears, as of cattle.
  11. a close-cropped hair style.
  12. a head of hair so cut.
  13. an entire tanned hide of an animal.
  14. an outcrop of a vein or seam.
—v.t.
  1. to cut off or remove the head or top of (a plant, grass, etc.).
  2. to cut off the ends or a part of: to crop the ears of a dog.
  3. to cut short.
  4. to clip the ears, hair, etc., of.
  5. to cut off or mask the unwanted parts of (a print or negative).
  6. to cause to bear a crop or crops.
  7. to graze off (the tops of plants, grass, etc.): The sheep cropped the lawn.
—v.i.
  1. to bear or yield a crop or crops.
  2. to feed by cropping or grazing.
  3. Veins of quartz crop out in the canyon walls.
    1. Geol.,Mining.to rise to the surface of the ground:Veins of quartz crop out in the canyon walls.
    2. to become evident or visible; occur:A few cases of smallpox still crop out every now and then.
  4. to appear, esp. suddenly or unexpectedly: A new problem cropped up.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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