Definitions

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

  • noun A stopper; a plug.
  • transitive verb To close with a stopper or plug.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun That which stops or closes the mouth of a vessel; a stopper: as, a glass stopple; a cork stopple.
  • noun A plug sometimes inserted in certain finger-holes of a flute or flageolet to accommodate its scale to some unusual series.
  • noun Stubble.
  • To stop or close with a stopple.

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

  • noun That which stops or closes the mouth of a vessel; a stopper
  • transitive verb To close the mouth of anything with a stopple, or as with a stopple.

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

  • noun a plug, a stopper
  • verb to plug, to stop up

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

  • verb close or secure with or as if with a stopper
  • noun blockage consisting of an object designed to fill a hole tightly

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English stoppell, from Middle English stoppen, to stop; see stop.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Partly from stop, partly from estoppel.

Examples

  • The chain is attached to a plug, called a stopple or a tank ball.

    Flushed

  • The chain is attached to a plug, called a stopple or a tank ball.

    Flushed

  • So I took the said flask and went my ways hastily to my own chamber, and there I looked at the said flask and took out the stopple; and there was a liquor therein, white like to water, but of a spicy smell, sweet, fresh, and enheartening.

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

  • Then the witch-wife took up the flasket and pulled out the stopple and betook it to Birdalone, and said: Drink of this now, a little sip, no more.

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

  • A few important details were left out—like what should the stopple be made of—but the system did work.

    Flushed

  • When you push down on the flush handle, the metal arm lifts the stopple from a two-inch-wide drain.

    Flushed

  • A few important details were left out—like what should the stopple be made of—but the system did work.

    Flushed

  • The stopple stays up until nearly all of the water has left the holding tank.

    Flushed

  • When you push down on the flush handle, the metal arm lifts the stopple from a two-inch-wide drain.

    Flushed

  • The stopple stays up until nearly all of the water has left the holding tank.

    Flushed

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