There are 3 definitions of prop in English:

prop1

Syllabification: prop
Pronunciation: /präp
 
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noun

1A pole or beam used as a support or to keep something in position, typically one that is not an integral part of the thing supported: 300 tubular steel props
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  • I've still got the props up supporting the house.
  • The entire structure is supported with conventional props and crossbeams.
  • Creating an intense heat and light that at once attracts and repels, the hand leans backwards, resting on a prop not unlike the beams used to construct roofs of houses.
Synonyms
1.1A person or thing that is a major source of support or assistance: the second institutional prop of conservative Spain was the army
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  • In a research note, HSBC said a slowing housing market will remove a major prop to consumer spending and weaken the economy.
  • Liquor was a major prop of the colonial government, which consciously fashioned customs duties to extract the maximum revenue from the trade.
  • A major prop for the dollar has long been the simple fact that oil is priced in dollars.
Synonyms
mainstay, pillar, anchor, backbone, support, foundation, cornerstone
1.2 Grammar A word used to fill a syntactic role without any specific meaning of its own, for example one in it’s a nice one and it in it is raining.

verb (props, propping, propped)

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1Position something underneath (someone or something) for support: she propped her chin in the palm of her right hand
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  • Her back failed to support her even propped by overstuffed cushions and she slumped, weakness overtaking her.
  • I had forced myself to a half-sitting position, propping myself on my un-injured arm, when the pieces clicked.
  • Readjusting his position, he propped himself against the log, his whole body relaxing.
Synonyms
hold up, shore up, bolster up, buttress, support, brace, underpin
1.1Position (something or someone) more or less upright by leaning it against something else: a jug of milk with a note propped against it she propped the picture up on the mantlepiece
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  • He leaned back on one foot and propped his bayonet against the wall.
  • Vice propped his bass on the stand and sprinted to the house next door.
  • She propped the note on the night stand next to Russell's side of the mattress and returned to the door to gaze out.
Synonyms
lean, rest, stand, balance, steady
1.2Use an object to keep (something) in position: he found that the door to the office was propped open
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  • Any office cooled to a temperature lower than 25C or any shop that leaves its door propped open could be fined.
  • It was propped open, revealing a slice of tiled floor and fluorescent light.
  • Sanura's door was propped open, as it always was, so Rebecca went straight to the illuminated room.

Origin

late Middle English: probably from Middle Dutch proppe 'support (for vines)'.

Phrasal verbs

prop someone/something up

Provide support or assistance for someone or something that would otherwise fail or decline: foreign aid tends to prop up incompetent governments

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There are 3 definitions of prop in English:

prop2

Syllabification: prop
Pronunciation: /präp
 
/

noun

(usually props)
A portable object other than furniture or costumes used on the set of a play or movie.
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  • The pair's ambition is to make their living producing scenery, costumes and props for museums, theatres, themed bars, film and television.
  • It involved actors and local children who had attended workshops beforehand to produce props and costumes.
  • Anita's visual interpretation using excellent lights, costumes and props makes this production an enriching experience.

Origin

mid 19th century: abbreviation of property.

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There are 3 definitions of prop in English:

prop3

Syllabification: prop
Pronunciation: /präp
 
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noun

informal
An aircraft propeller.
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  • The engine went to Sam Thompson, the prop to California Propeller and parts to other contractors.
  • In a turboprop aircraft, putting the props in the beta position creates an extraordinary speed brake.
  • Most of the aircraft have no logbooks, have run-out engines and props, and need a lot of work.

Origin

early 20th century: abbreviation.

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