door·​stop | \ ˈdȯr-ˌstäp How to pronounce doorstop (audio) \

Definition of doorstop

1 : a usually rubber-tipped device attached to a wall or floor to prevent damaging contact between an opened door and the wall
2 : a device (such as a wedge or weight) for holding a door open

Examples of doorstop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His students haven’t had to lug home those doorstops in years. Jay Mathews, Washington Post, "This teacher won’t use textbooks. His students succeed despite that — or maybe because of it.," 5 Oct. 2019 For just under $25, the Fantom doorstop can reportedly be used on any floor surface, including (but not limited to) hardwood, carpet, tile, concrete, and laminate and can stop doors of any weight. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Fantom's Magnetic Doorstop Is the Coolest Way to Prop Open Your Door," 1 Mar. 2019 The doorstop of a book is about a boy who survives a terrorist attack at the Metropolitan Museum and walks out of the rubble with a priceless work of art that will change his life forever. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "How The Goldfinch Recreated the Upper East Side on Screen—In Yonkers," 13 Sep. 2019 In 2018, a Michigan man had been using a meteorite worth about $100,000 as a doorstop for years before the 22.5-pound chunk of iron was identified by a geology professor at Central Michigan University. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "Rice farmers shocked after possible meteorite crash lands in Indian village," 26 July 2019 The action is intended to demonstrate your concern and good manners, not your efficacy as a doorstop. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Wine snobs don’t want to share," 24 July 2019 The action is intended to demonstrate your concern and good manners, not your efficacy as a doorstop. Judith Martin, The Mercury News, "Miss Manners: These moochers think they’re entitled to our pricey wine," 24 July 2019 Others, such as spider toxins, act more like a doorstop to keep them open. Quanta Magazine, "Scientists Reveal Structure of Pain Sensor," 20 Feb. 2014 And in the cafe’s bookshelves, nobody had bought a copy of the report, a hefty doorstop being offered up for $15. Steve Rubenstein,, "Reading between the redactions — the Mueller report, live in San Francisco," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of doorstop

1878, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of doorstop was in 1878

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2 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Doorstop.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of doorstop

: an object that is attached to a wall or the floor to prevent a door from hitting and damaging the wall
: something (such as a wedge or weight) that is used to hold a door open

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