What is the meaning of the furniture term Drop Leaf?

The term drop leaf refers to a type of tabletop or extension mechanism commonly found in tables, particularly dining tables. A drop leaf table has a section of the table surface that can be lifted to create extra space, and when not in use, it can be dropped down and folded against the table, thus making it more compact. This feature allows the table to be versatile and adjustable to fit different needs and spaces. It is especially useful for smaller spaces or when additional seating or surface area is required temporarily. Hinged flap or leaf on a table that when raised enlarges the top.
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