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 for To drop a vessel
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Drop \Drop\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Droppedor Dropt; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Dropping.] [OE. droppen, AS. dropan, v. i. See
     Drop, n.]
     1. To pour or let fall in drops; to pour in small globules;
        to distill. "The trees drop balsam." --Creech.
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              The recording angel, as he wrote it down, dropped a
              tear upon the word and blotted it out forever.
                                                    --Sterne.
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     2. To cause to fall in one portion, or by one motion, like a
        drop; to let fall; as, to drop a line in fishing; to drop
        a courtesy.
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     3. To let go; to dismiss; to set aside; to have done with; to
        discontinue; to forsake; to give up; to omit.
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              They suddenly drop't the pursuit.     --S. Sharp.
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              That astonishing ease with which fine ladies drop
              you and pick you up again.            --Thackeray.
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              The connection had been dropped many years. -- Sir
                                                    W. Scott.
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              Dropping the too rough H in Hell and Heaven.
                                                    --Tennyson.
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     4. To bestow or communicate by a suggestion; to let fall in
        an indirect, cautious, or gentle manner; as, to drop hint,
        a word of counsel, etc.
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     5. To lower, as a curtain, or the muzzle of a gun, etc.
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     6. To send, as a letter; as, please drop me a line, a letter,
        word.
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     7. To give birth to; as, to drop a lamb.
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     8. To cover with drops; to variegate; to bedrop.
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              Show to the sun their waved coats dropped with gold.
                                                    --Milton.
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     To drop a vessel (Naut.), to leave it astern in a race or a
        chase; to outsail it.
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