- (intr, adverb) informal to occur or appear, esp unexpectedly
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
- Agriculturethe plant, or the product of a plant, produced while growing or when gathered:the wheat crop.
- Agriculturethe yield of such produce grown in one season;
harvest:The winter wheat crop was the largest in years.
- the yield of any product in a season:the maple syrup crop.
- a group of persons or things appearing or occurring together: the new crop of freshmen.
- Anatomy, ZoologyAlso called craw. a pouch in the food passage of many birds, in which food is held for later digestion.
- Clothinga close cutting of something, such as the hair:a short crop of hair.
- to cut or bite off the top of (a plant, etc.):[~ + object]sheep cropping the grass.
- to cut off the ends or a part of:[~ + object]to crop the ears of a dog.
- to cut short:[~ + object]to crop the hair.
- Photography[~ + object] to trim (a photographic print or negative).
- crop up, [no object] to appear, esp. suddenly:As soon as we deal with one emergency, another crops up.
- Agriculturethe cultivated produce of the ground, while growing or when gathered:the wheat crop.
- Agriculturethe 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.
- Anatomy, ZoologyAlso called craw. [Zool.]
- a pouch in the esophagus of many birds, in which food is held for later digestion or for regurgitation to nestlings.
- a chamber or pouch in the foregut of arthropods and annelids for holding and partly crushing food.
- the act of cropping.
- a mark produced by clipping the ears, as of cattle.
- Clothinga close-cropped hair style.
- a head of hair so cut.
- an entire tanned hide of an animal.
- Miningan outcrop of a vein or seam.
- 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.
- Photographyto 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.
- to bear or yield a crop or crops.
- Animal Husbandryto feed by cropping or grazing.
- crop out:
- Geologyto rise to the surface of the ground:Veins of quartz crop out in the canyon walls.
- to become evident or visible;
occur:A few cases of smallpox still crop out every now and then.
- crop up, to appear, esp. suddenly or unexpectedly:A new problem cropped up.
- bef. 900; Middle English, Old English: sprout, ear of corn, paunch, crown of a tree; cognate with German Kropf; see croup2
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged Crop, harvest, produce, yield refer to the return in food obtained from land at the end of a season of growth. Crop, the term common in agricultural and commercial use, denotes the amount produced at one cutting or for one particular season:the potato crop.Harvest denotes either the time of reaping and gathering, or the gathering, or that which is gathered:the season of harvest;
to work in a harvest;
a ripe harvest.Produce esp. denotes household vegetables:Produce from the fields and gardens was taken to market.Yield emphasizes what is given by the land in return for expenditure of time and labor:There was a heavy yield of grain this year.