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prop

noun \ ˈpräp \

Definition of prop

:something that props or sustains :support

Origin and Etymology of prop

Middle English proppe, from Middle Dutch, stopper; akin to Middle Low German proppe stopper


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prop

verb

Definition of prop

propped; propping
transitive verb
1 a :to support by placing something under or against often used with up
b :to support by placing against something
2 :sustain, strengthen often used with up
  • a government propped up by the military

Examples of prop in a Sentence

  1. She propped the rake against a tree.

  2. We propped the shed's roof with poles.

  3. The window was propped open.

First Known Use of prop

1507


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prop

noun

Definition of prop

1 :property 3
  • stage props
2 :something used in creating or enhancing a desired effect
  • buy books … as cultural props because they want to appear literate
  • —John Powers

First Known Use of prop

1841

Other Performing Arts Terms


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prop

noun

Definition of prop

First Known Use of prop

1914

Other Aeronautics/Aerospace Terms


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prop

abbreviation

Definition of prop

Other Performing Arts Terms


prop-

combining form

Definition of prop-

:related to propionic acid
  • propane
  • propyl

Origin and Etymology of prop-

International Scientific Vocabulary, from propionic (acid)



PROP Defined for English Language Learners

prop

verb

Definition of prop for English Language Learners

  • : to support (something) by placing it against something else or by placing something under it


PROP Defined for Kids

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prop

verb \ ˈpräp \

Definition of prop for Students

propped; propping
1 :to keep from falling or slipping by providing a support under or against
  • … he propped his head on his elbow and studied me closely.
  • —Jean Craighead George, My Side of the Mountain
2 :to give help, encouragement, or support to

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prop

noun

Definition of prop for Students

:something that supports

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prop

noun

Definition of prop for Students

:an object used by a performer or actor or used to create a certain effect in a play or movie


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