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
Recent Examples of doorstop from the Web
A used flight recorder from a Boeing 757, for example, becomes a high-tech doorstop and instant conversation-starter.
When, in 1802, a young boy found footprints in stone on his family’s South Hadley, Massachusetts farm some of the tracks wound up as a doorstop.
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First Known Use of doorstop
DOORSTOP Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of doorstop for English Language Learners
: 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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