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- n. A doorstop: a device for halting the motion of a door.
- n. A gauge used in geophysics.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. same as doorstop.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a stop that keeps open doors from moving
Sorry, no etymologies found.
This 534-page doorstopper is no ordinary kids 'book, for sure.
The Rebecca West doorstopper is wonderful -- her riff on the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand is brilliant -- but her quirks can get annoying; the idealization of "the Serb" and the anti-German bigotry (according to West, Goethe can be reduced to "ain't Nature grand") start to get wearying, though she usually saves the day with a lyrical description of a remote place like Lake Ohrid, or a chilling recitation of the bloody dynastic wars between the Karageorges and the whoozis, the other guys.
While I am tired of the "doorstopper" books, I felt like this story really should have been told in 2 books, so that we get more background on the characters and the world and its history.
He met with GM ad executives Jack McNulty and George Pruitt, who asked Ken to condense his "doorstopper" proposal into a brief description of the project.
A doorstopper of a catalog covers everything from the history of the crafts movement to the more arcane aspects of weaving, woodworking, ceramics, glassmaking and furniture design, seen through the lens of the radical changes in art, society and lifestyle in postwar America.
YANKEEOGRAPHY PINSTRIPE LEGENDS $179.99; A&E -- This doorstopper of a boxed set is handsomely made and impressively heavy.
Take out all the filler in that doorstopper, and you're left with about one hundred pages. wESh
About the only names slipping by here are two current authors who keep getting buried, either in the mound of 'grit' that seems to be pouring out of book covers these days or beneath the inaptly applied 'doorstopper' description: Steven Erikson and Joe Abercrombie.
It seems an obvious thing: we all have short attention spans in this internet-saturated age. 4000 word stories should be enormously popular, moreso than giant doorstopper novels.
In China every month's edition is a glossy, advert-packed, doorstopper: testament to the explosion of the high-end fashion industry.