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 The pair formalized their partnership, and the collection grew to encompass, in addition to the doorstop and drawer pulls, a bowl, a candlestick, a table lamp, a necklace, and, yes, a drum key—all available in weighty, hand-finished brass or steel. Anna Fixsen, ELLE Decor, 2 Feb. 2022 The Executioner’s Song—Mailer’s doorstop account of Gary Gilmore’s execution and a work increasingly relevant in our true crime boom—has sold just north of 40,000 since 1998. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 4 Jan. 2022 This mountaintop acts like a doorstop, blocking the glacier’s forward progress. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 15 Dec. 2021 The approach of blanking out the AI driving system would seem the more assured approach to stop the evildoer takeover, though this also means that the vehicle becomes a doorstop. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 19 Oct. 2021 The 1965 science-fiction classic, and winner of the Hugo and Nebula awards, is a doorstop of a book (my copy clocks in at nearly 700 pages), thick with unfamiliar terminology, elaborate world-building and high-minded concepts. Barbara Vandenburgh, USA TODAY, 20 Oct. 2021 Earlier today, a package from Activision arrived on my doorstop, suspiciously light and bearing a bright red FRAGILE sticker. Mitch Wallace, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 On another occasion, a stick of dynamite and a death threat was left at the doorstop of the county health officer tasked with enforcing the law. San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Sep. 2021 For a while, the size 12.5 sneakers acted as a doorstop in Kovler’s room. Will Yakowicz, Forbes, 26 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of doorstop

1878, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Doorstop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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