- 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 propsMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1A person or thing that is a major source of support or assistance: the second institutional prop of conservative Spain was the armyMore example sentences
- 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.
verb (props, propping, propped)[with object] Back to top
- 1Position something underneath (someone or something) for support: she propped her chin in the palm of her right handMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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 mantlepieceMore example sentences
lean, rest, stand, balance, steady
- 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.
- 1.2Use an object to keep (something) in position: he found that the door to the office was propped openMore example sentences
- 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.
late Middle English: probably from Middle Dutch proppe 'support (for vines)'.
- A portable object other than furniture or costumes used on the set of a play or movie.More example sentences
- 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.
mid 19th century: abbreviation of property.
- An aircraft propeller.More example sentences
- 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.
early 20th century: abbreviation.