Meaning of PROP in English


prop 1

/prop/ , v. , propped, propping , n.


1. to support, or prevent from falling, with or as if with a prop (often fol. by up ): to prop an old fence; to prop up an unpopular government.

2. to rest (a thing) against a support: He propped his cane against the wall.

3. to support or sustain (often fol. by up ).


4. a stick, rod, pole, beam, or other rigid support.

5. a person or thing serving as a support or stay: His father is his financial prop.

[ 1400-50; late ME proppe (n.); c. MD proppe bottle stopper ]

Syn. 1. brace, buttress, bolster.

prop 2

— propless , adj.

/prop/ , n. Theat.

property (def. 8).

[ 1910-15; by shortening ]

prop 3

/prop/ , n.

a propeller.

[ 1910-15; by shortening ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .