Definition of dropout in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdrɒpaʊt/


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.
beatnik, hippy, bohemian, nonconformist, free spirit, avant-gardist, rebel, misfit, outsider, loner, eccentric;
informal freak, oddball, deadbeat, waster, bum, bad boy
2 Rugby The restarting of play with a drop kick.
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  • Which of the teams will be the first to take a drop out from under the posts?
  • Set play includes the scrum, line-out, drop-out, free kick, and penalty kick.
3A 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.
4 (usually dropouts) A U-shaped slot at the end of a fork or stay 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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