- 1.1 (also PoP) Computing Point of presence, denoting equipment that provides access to the Internet.More example sentences
- In addition, they pay for the right to place their PoP in the CO of the telecom company.
More definitions of POPDefinition of POP in:
- The US English dictionary
verb (pops, popping, popped)
- 1Make or cause to make a light explosive sound: [no object]: corks popped and glasses tinkled [with object]: teenagers were popping balloons with dartsMore example sentences
- I felt and probably looked like a balloon under pressure, about to pop if anything else filled my head.
- The drama for residents in nearby Bole Foot began at around 2am as they heard a series of loud bangs - caused by tyres bursting in the heat and air bags popping.
- His fists tightened until his knuckles popped and the girls' eyes widened.
- 1.1 [no object] (Of a person’s ears) make a small popping sound within the head as pressure is equalized, typically because of a change of altitude: my ears popped in the liftMore example sentences
- At approximately 3,500m altitude, my ears pop, and the mild breeze filtering into the car becomes a cold torrent, and the ascent suddenly increases.
- Every now and then my ears would pop with the pressure, despite us having all our windows on the leeward side of the house open.
- Instantly his ears popped, and the pressure drained out of his head in a dizzying rush.
- 1.2 [with object] Heat (popcorn or another foodstuff) until it bursts open: the hot-air popper pops 4 quarts of popcorn in 5 minutesMore example sentences
- One of the six ways to pop popcorn is with hot air.
- Upon returning to Heather's house, we went into her kitchen and raided it for chocolate and popped popcorn.
- Sam was in the kitchen, popping popcorn by the smells of it.
- 2 [no object, with adverbial of direction] Go somewhere for a short time, often without notice: she popped in to see if she could helpMore example sentences
- Within minutes he popped back in the room with three cans of paint and some brushes.
- They popped in to see me and introduce themselves.
- My lovely friend Jane G has just popped in to work to see me.
- 2.1 [with object and adverbial of direction] Put or move (something) somewhere quickly: she popped a pen into her pocketMore example sentences
- I popped my head up quickly and looked at Leon who was standing outside of the passenger side door.
- He took a quick look and popped the ball over with ease.
- He smacks his lips and pops another few berries into his mouth, clearly relishing their taste and their effect.
- 2.2 [with object] North American Release, open, or engage (something) quickly or suddenly: he pulled a can of beer from the refrigerator and popped its tabMore example sentences
- Kevin opened up the refrigerator, popped the milk container open, and drank straight from the carton.
- Leaning in over the door, I played for a long moment with the idea of wiring the old girl and taking her for a spin, but settled for popping the hood release.
- He watched as she moved quickly toward her briefcase and popped the latch.
- 3 [no object] (Of a person’s eyes) open wide and appear to bulge, especially with surprise: the man’s eyes popped in disbeliefMore example sentences
- I could imagine Natalie on the other line, mouth wide open, eyes popping.
- He gave a shrill cry of pain as his eyes popped open wide.
- However, others look at us with eyes popping wide.
- 4 [no object] Appear brighter or more striking in juxtaposition with something of a different or complementary colour: she added a slick of red lipstick to make the outfit pop grey creates a calm, neutral backdrop that lets other colors popMore example sentences
- The red of ages-old pagodas popped against the thick, green leaves and bright, blue sky for some much-appreciated contrast.
- The white pedestal dining table instantly pops against the muted green wall.
- The sculpturally framed staircase is painted bright yellow that pops from the forest's green hues.
- 5 [with object] • informal Take or inject (a drug): Williams had spent his life hitting the bottle and popping pillsMore example sentences
- He popped an aspirin and drank half a bottle of water, but his tongue still felt dry as sandpaper.
- And frankly, who wouldn't want to pop a few placid pills or love potions just to escape from the long list of wicked words mentioned above.
- He was, it seems, referring obliquely to the haze created by all those mind-expanding drugs the beautiful people popped, mainlined and smoked.
- 6 [with object] British • informal Pawn (something): I wouldn’t ever sell it—I popped itMore example sentences
- I had to pop the silver, dear.
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- 1A light explosive sound: there were a few pops, perhaps from pistolsMore example sentences
- We heard snapping sounds, pops, little explosions, and then the walls bulged out, and we heard a sound like an avalanche.
- I froze, gaping for a second until the sound of the detonation, a sharp pop at that distance, shook me out of it.
- The audio quality isn't the best, a lot of cracks and pops on it, but you know how that is with those old records.
- 2 [mass noun] • informal , • dated A sweet fizzy drink such as lemonade: a bottle of popMore example sentences
- The only food is crisps and chocolate, the only drink water, fizzy pop, Nescafe, or tea with powdered milk, and the only shopping is tat.
- We drank fizzy pop with sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we were always outside playing.
- Consumers of bottled water tend to be more wealthy than those who drink fizzy pop.
- 2.1 [count noun] North American A can of sweet fizzy drink: fruit-flavoured popsMore example sentences
- You can buy some sprite and light beer or take some from your pops in the fridge and make a Shandy at home.
- We ended up only putting the pops in the fridge and left the sandwiches on the middle row seat.
- 3A patch of bright colour: I like wearing a neutral outfit with one pop of yellowMore example sentences
- This time though I used a touch of gold for that pop of color.
- Wow, those shoes are amazing- such a great pop of color!
- Gauzy silk and chiffon gowns in floral prints with pops of red and electric blue rounded out the collection.
- 4 (also pop fly or pop-up) Baseball A ball hit high in the air but not far from the home plate, providing an easy catch: he caught a pop fly for the third out of the seventh inningMore example sentences
- Although brilliant with the glove, Power became a source of controversy because of the one-handed style that he used on ground balls and pop-ups.
- I would outlaw the current catchers' gloves which break in the middle, making it easier to catch pop-ups.
- A few wild swishes, a couple of pop-ups for easy catches, and then a mishit squeezed past first base is enough to keep a streak alive.
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- With a light explosive sound: the champagne went popMore example sentences
- I felt (and heard) something in my wrist go pop as I lifted Fiona out of her car seat.
- I raised the gun and fired a positively perfect shot - the only problem was that it went pop rather than bang.
- After the requisite chilling and hearing that satisfying noise of the cork going ‘pop’ I shall certainly raise a glass to your good health.
—— a pop
- North American • informal Costing a specified amount per item: those swimsuits she wears are £50 a popMore example sentences
- For 99 cents a pop, plus a monthly download fee, you can store a file wherever you'd like.
- I mean, the record industry was much happier when they were selling 500,000, a million things at $20 a pop than 500 million songs at 99 cents a pop.
- And by then Edison's stock, which had traded as high as $23 a share in the glory days of 2001, was chugging along at 85 cents a pop.
have (or take) a pop at
- • informal Attack physically or verbally: he thinks he’s hard, I’ll go and have a pop at himMore example sentences
- Even more important, though, Wanadoo could get the chance to take a pop at all those critics who described the company as serial complainers and whingers.
- They then moved from turning pop into art to having a pop at the art world.
- The point about political correctness, of course, is that it's an invaluable Aunt Sally, a flimsy paper tiger for anyone to have a pop at when they can't be bothered to come up with a proper argument to back up their position.
make someone's eyes pop (or US pop out)
- • informal Cause great astonishment to someone: she earns the kind of salary that would make the average Muscovite’s eyes popMore example sentences
- There were the fights over a boy, the struggle with parents, the shopping and clothes that made your eyes pop.
- Maybe Mariucci wasn't the guy who was going to take them to the next level, but who among the candidates really makes your eyes pop?
- You could, of course, just vote for her, with my assurance that she is so absolutely brilliant she makes my eyes pop out of my head.
pop one's clogs
- British • informal Die: he’s a raging hypochondriac who is certain he’s about to pop his clogsMore example sentences
- I hope to God the nativity story is true because if it isn't then I am going to having a little word with the Creator when he finally pops my clogs for me.
- An actor or musician may plug away at his craft, more or less, until he pops his clogs, but a footballer is past his prime before 35.
- Terrible as it is to say it, we're not going to get a more thorough Bennett bio until the great man pops his clogs.
pop the question
- • informal Propose marriage: when he popped the question I said yes without a further thoughtMore example sentences
- In October he decided to lay plans to pop the question and started thinking of original ways to propose.
- Eventually he pops the question and the wedding adventure of the year is on.
- As Georgie and Gabe drive away, Gabe pops the question and Georgie accepts.
- • informal Die: when I pop off, everything will come to youMore example sentences
- Raymond Brown also died recently; all these great guys have all just popped off.
- I just want there to be street parties when he pops off.
- I felt like cheering when she finally popped off.
- 1Appear or occur suddenly: these memories can pop up from time to timeMore example sentences
- There is no campaign and suddenly his name pops up, clearly presented by the British and the French who have been impressed by his negotiational ability.
- Suddenly a commercial pops up for Colgate toothpaste.
- So much for these chain stores that appear to be popping up all over the country.
- 1.1 Computing (Of a browser window) appear without having been requested, especially for the purpose of advertising.More example sentences
- You see the warnings indicated by the red popping up on the screen.
- It also pops up a screen asking you for permission to enter the site, all according to the rules.
- You can float the mouse over the button and a tool tip will pop up with the command name.
- 2 Cricket (Of a cricket ball) rise sharply off the pitch: the ball pitched outside off and popped upMore example sentences
- Several balls have half deceived batsmen and popped up in the air or beaten the bat, but none have yielded a wicket.
- In other words, excess of momentum in the upward direction, will make the ball pop up and close-in fielders are ever waiting to gobble up those half-chances!
- Gough's third ball of the innings popped up on Darren Maddy and he presented Darren Lehmann with a simple catch at backward point.
late Middle English (in the senses 'a blow, knock' and 'to strike'): imitative.
- (also pop music) [mass noun] Commercial popular music, in particular accessible, tuneful music of a kind popular since the 1950s and sometimes contrasted with rock, soul, or other forms of popular music: their quasi-psychedelic pop is pleasantly uplifting and danceableMore example sentences
- From The Smiths to Nirvana, much of the best pop and rock music has been made by fans.
- Red Stage near City hall will feature pop and rock music with Thai ‘Luk Thung’.
- Alarm clocks were going off, playing rock, Christian pop, jazz or reggae.
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- 1Relating to commercial popular music: a pop star a pop groupMore example sentences
- Plus his band, in their various guises have plenty of catchy, commercial pop tunes.
- He was already interested in progressive and anti-war politics, and new pop stars such as Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin fueled his passion.
- Oberst is a strange hybrid: He's undeniably a pop star, and also undeniably an indie rocker.
- 2often • derogatory (Especially of a scientific or academic subject) made accessible to the general public; popularized: pop psychologyMore example sentences
- Self-esteem as portrayed by the current generation of pop psychologists is nothing less than self-worship, narcissism.
- Red Dragon's goal of being a smart thriller is also tainted by the cheap and obvious pop psychology used to paint the characters.
- You should have no problem finding general interest and pop science articles on his work.
late 19th century: abbreviation of popular.
mid 19th century: abbreviation of poppa.