Hypertext Webster Gateway: "drooping"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Droop \Droop\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Drooped}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Drooping}.] [Icel. dr?pa; akin to E. drop. See {Drop}.]
1. To hang bending downward; to sink or hang down, as an
animal, plant, etc., from physical inability or
exhaustion, want of nourishment, or the like. ``The purple
flowers droop.'' ``Above her drooped a lamp.'' --Tennyson.

I saw him ten days before he died, and observed he
began very much to droop and languish. --Swift.

2. To grow weak or faint with disappointment, grief, or like
causes; to be dispirited or depressed; to languish; as,
her spirits drooped.

I'll animate the soldier's drooping courage.

3. To proceed downward, or toward a close; to decline. ``Then
day drooped.'' --Tennyson.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: weak from exhaustion [syn: {flagging}]
2: hanging down (as from exhaustion or weakness) [syn: {droopy},
3: (biology) having branches or flower heads that bend
downward; "nodding daffodils"; "the pendulous branches of
a weeping willow"; "lilacs with drooping panicles of
fragrant flowers" [syn: {cernuous}, {nodding}, {pendulous}]

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