Definition of dropout in English:


Syllabification: drop·out
Pronunciation: /ˈdräpˌout


  • 1A person who has abandoned a course of study or who has rejected conventional society to pursue an alternative lifestyle: a college dropout
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    • A major limitation of this study is the high dropout rate; 74% of subjects dropped out before completing the entire period of maximum medication dose.
    • Another potential limitation of this study was the dropout rate, with 30% of subjects failing to complete all three treatment arms.
    • The major limitations of this study include the high dropout rate and the short treatment period.
    nonconformist, hippie, beatnik, Bohemian, free spirit, rebel
    informal oddball, eccentric
  • 2A momentary loss of recorded audio signal or an error in reading data on a magnetic tape or disk, usually due to a flaw in the coating.
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    • The red line in the graphs represents the amount of latency beyond which audio dropouts are perceptible to humans.
    • Filled with scratches, dirt, splicing errors, and dropouts, this DVD presentation is a near-VHS version of mixed media malfunctions.
    • I must note, however, the presence of a few very brief (less than one second) dropouts in the audio during both the Beethoven Violin Concerto and the Mozart.
  • 3 (usually dropouts) A U-shaped slot at the end of a fork on a bicycle, made to receive the axle and enabling the wheel to be changed rapidly.
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    • Now the Nader hooks (wheel retention devices) built into suspension fork dropouts are designed to stop the head of the skewer from coming out without being unscrewed a number of turns.
    • I find this quite annoying as tightening the wheel in the track dropouts puts addition pressure on the bearings making it difficult to adjust.
    • Vibration transferred from car to bike via contact points i.e. fork dropouts.

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