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 Also brought from the coastal house: a large, wooden pelican perched on a marine piling that serves as a doorstop; most of the seascape artwork and a plastic crab with a clock in its shell hanging in the kitchen. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, "Mahncke Park duplex transformed into luxury Airbnb with a midcentury-meets-beach house vibe in San Antonio," 4 Feb. 2021 No players were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame Tuesday, which means Curt Schilling won’t be darkening the doorstop of Cooperstown next summer. Dan Shaughnessy,, "Curt Schilling falls short of Baseball Hall of Fame induction, and that’s a good thing," 26 Jan. 2021 In your standard Christmas story, there is a family fruitcake that makes the rounds every year and doubles as a doorstop until it is mailed to the next victim. Murr Brewster, The Christian Science Monitor, "Unpacking Great-Aunt Gertrude’s plum pudding," 16 Dec. 2020 Cal’s success has brought a slew of suitors to his doorstop, all hoping to convince him to leave Kentucky. John Talty |, al, "Is Kentucky the SEC’s most influential school?," 19 Nov. 2020 Hodges, who died in 1972, used the meteorite as a doorstop before donating it to the Alabama Museum of Natural History. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'Fireball' shows the awesome power of meteorites, asteroids hitting Earth: Top 5 danger moments," 14 Nov. 2020 The novel’s immense readability does clash with its intimidating doorstop size. Christian Holub,, "Quarantine Book Club: How I got lost in Piranesi during the pandemic," 17 Sep. 2020 The market is light on paperwork, with even 1 billion-euro deals only having agreements comprising a few pages at most -- a marked difference to doorstop-sized bond prospectuses. Washington Post, "How a Quirky German Credit Instrument Is Going Global," 23 Aug. 2019 The bidet attachment is still in its box, being used as a doorstop, and will eventually be returned for hopefully every last cent since my live stand-up comedy income has presently dried up. Cameron Esposito, Bon Appétit, "What To Do When Your Girlfriend Gets Sick? Make Soup," 20 Apr. 2020

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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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19 Feb 2021

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“Doorstop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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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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