from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A device, such as a cork or plug, that is inserted to close an opening.
- n. One that causes something to stop: a conversation stopper.
- n. Baseball A relief pitcher, especially one called upon to protect a lead.
- n. Sports A player who excels on defense, as in basketball.
- n. Sports In soccer, a defensive player who plays behind the center midfielder and often guards the opponent's best forward.
- n. Sports A goalie.
- n. Games A card or cards preventing one's opponents from winning all the tricks in a particular suit in a hand of bridge.
- transitive v. To close with or as if with a stopper.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Agent noun of stop, someone or something that stops something.
- n. A type of knot at the end of a rope, to prevent it from unravelling.
- n. A bung or cork
- n. goalkeeper
- n. In the commodity futures market, someone who is long (owns) a futures contract and is demanding delivery because they want to take possession of the deliverable commodity.
- n. A train that calls at all or almost all stations between its origin and destination, including very small ones.
- v. To close a container by using a stopper.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who stops, closes, shuts, or hinders; that which stops or obstructs; that which closes or fills a vent or hole in a vessel.
- n. A short piece of rope having a knot at one or both ends, with a lanyard under the knot, -- used to secure something.
- n. A name to several trees of the genus Eugenia, found in Florida and the West Indies. See Eugenia.
- transitive v. To close or secure with a stopper.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To close or secure with a stopple: as, stoppered bottles.
- To fit with a stopple or stopples.
- Nautical, to secure with a stopper or stoppers.
- n. One who or that which stops or plugs.
- n. That which closes or fills up (an opening, etc.), as a plug, a bung, or a cork; especially, such an article for the mouth of a fruit-jar, decanter, or vial, when made of the same material as the vessel itself, and having no special name, as cork, bung, etc.; a stopple; specifically, a device for closing bottles for aërated water. See cut under siphon-bottle.
- n. A convenient utensil made of wood, bone, ivory, or the like, formerly used to compress or pack some loose or fiocculent substance into small compass.
- n. One who or that which brings to a stop or stand; specifically, one of the players in tennis, foot-ball, and other games, who stops the balls.
- n. Nautical, a piece of rope secured at one end to a bolt or the like, used to check the motion of another rope or of a cable. Stoppers for cables are of various construction, such as an iron clamp with a lever or screw, a claw of iron with a rope attached, etc.
- n. In an organ, a wooden plug inserted in the tops of certain kinds of pipes, as in those of the stopped diapason, flute, bourdon, etc., whence they are called stopped pipes. Such pipes are tuned by means of the stopper.
- n. In a vehicle, a bar of wood with iron points pivoted to the body, and allowed to trail on the ground behind to serve as a stop or brake in ascending steep grades. Such a device is used, for instance, on icecarts plying on hilly streets, where stoppages are frequent.
- n. The upper pad or principal callosity of the sole of a dog's foot.
- n. A small tree of one of four species of the genus Eugenia occurring in Florida.
- n. In the Bahamas, either of two trees, the red rodwood, Eugenia axillaris
- n. and the marlberry, Icacorea paniculata. See marlberry.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (bridge) a playing card with a value sufficiently high to insure taking a trick in a particular suit
- n. a remark to which there is no polite conversational reply
- n. an act so striking or impressive that the show must be delayed until the audience quiets down
- v. close or secure with or as if with a stopper
- n. blockage consisting of an object designed to fill a hole tightly
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Sasha and Sanchez: Magic act extraordinaire - Show stopper is when Sasha pulls 22 pairs of underwear from Sanchez's pants. or
Put a drain stopper in the disposal so no water can flow out through the bottom
The winemaker, Pepi Umathum, told me that another benefit of the glass stopper is cost – he can buy both the glass stopper and the bottle for the cost of one cork. —
If "being a science stopper" is a struct rule that disqualifies something from being science, then the big bang is not science!
The stopper is anchored in place by a rubber hinge on one side of the stopper.
He removed the small stopper from the calabash, and, as the sweet water gurgled into it, he saw the phosphorescent glimmer of a big fish, like a sea ghost, drift sluggishly by.
Whenever the stopper is taken out at night, sufficient light is evolved to show the hour upon a watch, and if care be taken to keep it generally well closed it will preserve its illuminative power for several months.
In any event, as a wine lover, I don’t care what the stopper is made out of as long as it works to protect the wine, does not add its own character and allows a gentle aging curve at temperatures that are also beneficial to wine.
The bottle is shaped as a heart, and the stopper is a spear of an arrow.
However the 6ft 1in Serbian stopper is confident he will soon be an Arsenal man, telling the paper: "A pre-contract will be signed on Thursday and then I will return to Belgrade and join BSK for their preparations.
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