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

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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 In my very humble opinion, doorstops are an absolute pain. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Fantom's Magnetic Doorstop Is the Coolest Way to Prop Open Your Door," 1 Mar. 2019 The novel piles on loads of scary details about what the world would be like if your computer became nothing but a doorstop. New York Times, "10 New Books We Recommend This Week," 14 June 2018 The doorstop is effective even when the chain or other external locks give way. Caroline Morse Teel, USA TODAY, "10 travel safety tips you can learn from the CIA," 8 Mar. 2018 The jaw-dropping photography is reason enough to buy this 400-page doorstop, but its 250-plus recipes more than follow through. Margaux Laskey, The Seattle Times, "Wrap up one of these sweet cookbooks for the home bakers in your life," 11 Dec. 2018 This doorstop of a biography foregrounds Obama’s love life in his early years, traces his journey-to-blackness narrative and seeks to challenge the near-monopoly the 44th president has on stories about his own life. Joumana Khatib, New York Times, "New in Paperback: ‘Rising Star,’ ‘Mrs. Fletcher’," 8 June 2018 Truffle Truffles, depending on their quality, can be intoxicatingly fragrant tubers or lumpy little doorstops. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Dishonest menus: Diners, beware of 7 restaurant lies you may be swallowing right now," 13 June 2018

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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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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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