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prop

play
noun \ˈpräp\

Definition of prop

  1. :  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


First Known Use: 15th century


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prop

verb

Definition of prop

propped

propping

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to support by placing something under or against —often used with up b :  to support by placing against something

  3. 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.

1538

First Known Use of prop

1538


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prop

noun

Definition of prop

  1. 1 :  property 3 <stage props>

  2. 2 :  something used in creating or enhancing a desired effect <buy books … as cultural props because they want to appear literate — John Powers>

1841

First Known Use of prop

1841

Other Performing Arts Terms


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prop

noun

Definition of prop

1914

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-

  1. :  related to propionic acid <propane> <propyl>

Origin and Etymology of prop-

International Scientific Vocabulary, from propionic (acid)



PROP Defined for English Language Learners


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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

play
verb \ˈpräp\

Definition of prop for Students

propped

propping

  1. 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. 2 :  to give help, encouragement, or support to


2

prop

play
noun

Definition of prop for Students

  1. :  something that supports


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prop

play
noun

Definition of prop for Students

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



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