American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An object placed beneath or against a structure to keep it from falling or shaking; a support.
- n. One that serves as a means of support or assistance.
- v. To support by placing something beneath or against; shore up.
- n. A theatrical property.
- n. Informal A propeller.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A stick, staff, pole, rod, beam, or other rigid thing used to sustain an incumbent weight; that on which anything rests for support; a support; a stay; a fulcrum: usually applied to something not forming a part of the object supported: as, a prop for vines; a prop for an old wall.
- n. In botany, same as fulcrum, 3.
- n. plural Legs.
- n. Synonyms See staff.
- To support or prevent from falling by placing something under or against: as, to prop a roof or wall.
- To support by standing under or against: as, a pillar props a roof; beams prop a wall.
- To support or sustain in a general sense: as, to prop a failing cause.
- To help; assist.
- To stop or pull up suddenly; balk: said of a horse or other beast.
- n. A shell used in the game of props. See props.
- n. An abbreviation of proposition; properly.
- n. An unexpected stop, as of a horse.
- n. A proposition, especially on an election-day ballot.
- n. An object placed against or under another, to support it; anything that supports.
- n. rugby The player who is next to the hooker in a scrum.
- n. One of the seashells in the game of props.
- v. transitive To support or shore up something.
- n. theater, film An item placed on a stage or set to create a scene or scenario in which actors perform. Contraction of "property".
- n. The propeller of an aircraft.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A shell, used as a die. See props.
- v. To support, or prevent from falling, by placing something under or against; ; (Fig.) to sustain; to maintain.
- n. That which sustains an incumbent weight; that on which anything rests or leans for support; a support; a stay.
- n. a support placed beneath or against something to keep it from shaking or falling
- n. any movable articles or objects used on the set of a play or movie
- n. a propeller that rotates to push against air
- v. support by placing against something solid or rigid
- Abbreviation of propeller. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English proppe, probably from Middle Dutch. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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