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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A prop placed at the end of a row of books to keep them upright.
  • transitive verb To place something or be positioned at the ends of (a place or linear space).
  • transitive verb To arrange or occur before and after (an event).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun a support placed at the end of a row of books to keep them upright (on a shelf or table).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A heavy object or moveable support placed at one or both ends of a row of books for the purpose of keeping them upright.
  • noun figuratively Something that comes before, after, or at both sides of something else.
  • verb To come before and after, or at both sides of

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a support placed at the end of a row of books to keep them upright (on a shelf or table)

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