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prop 1

 (prŏp)
n.
1. An object placed beneath or against a structure to keep it from falling or shaking; a support.
2. One that serves as a means of support or assistance.
tr.v. propped, prop·ping, props
To support by placing something beneath or against; shore up.

[Middle English proppe, probably from Middle Dutch.]

prop 2

 (prŏp)
n.
1. Any of the articles other than costumes and scenery used by an actor or performer during a performance on stage or in a film.
2. Someone or something displayed to impress others or provide a false impression.

[Short for property.]

prop 3

 (prŏp)
n. Informal
A propeller.

prop

(prɒp)
vb, props, propping or propped
1. (tr) to support with a rigid object, such as a stick
2. (usually also foll by: against) to place or lean
3. (tr) to sustain or support
4. (intr) Austral and NZ to stop suddenly or unexpectedly
n
5. something that gives rigid support, such as a stick
6. a person or thing giving support, as of a moral or spiritual nature
7. (Rugby) rugby either of the forwards at either end of the front row of a scrum
[C15: related to Middle Dutch proppe vine prop; compare Old High German pfropfo shoot, German Pfropfen stopper]

prop

(prɒp)
n
(Theatre) short for property8

prop

(prɒp)
n
(Mechanical Engineering) an informal word for propeller

prop1

(prɒp)

v. propped, prop•ping,
n. v.t.
1. to support, or prevent from falling, with or as if with a prop (often fol. by up).
2. to rest (a thing) against a support: He propped the ladder against the wall.
3. to support or sustain (often fol. by up).
n.
4. a stick, rod, pole, beam, or other rigid support.
5. a person or thing serving as a support or stay.
[1400–50; late Middle English proppe (n.); c. Middle Dutch proppe bottle stopper]

prop2

(prɒp)

n.
[1910–15; by shortening]

prop3

(prɒp)

n.
a propeller.
[1910–15; by shortening]

prop.

1. properly.
2. property.
3. proposition.
4. proprietary.
5. proprietor.

prop


Past participle: propped
Gerund: propping

Imperative
prop
prop
Present
I prop
you prop
he/she/it props
we prop
you prop
they prop
Preterite
I propped
you propped
he/she/it propped
we propped
you propped
they propped
Present Continuous
I am propping
you are propping
he/she/it is propping
we are propping
you are propping
they are propping
Present Perfect
I have propped
you have propped
he/she/it has propped
we have propped
you have propped
they have propped
Past Continuous
I was propping
you were propping
he/she/it was propping
we were propping
you were propping
they were propping
Past Perfect
I had propped
you had propped
he/she/it had propped
we had propped
you had propped
they had propped
Future
I will prop
you will prop
he/she/it will prop
we will prop
you will prop
they will prop
Future Perfect
I will have propped
you will have propped
he/she/it will have propped
we will have propped
you will have propped
they will have propped
Future Continuous
I will be propping
you will be propping
he/she/it will be propping
we will be propping
you will be propping
they will be propping
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been propping
you have been propping
he/she/it has been propping
we have been propping
you have been propping
they have been propping
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been propping
you will have been propping
he/she/it will have been propping
we will have been propping
you will have been propping
they will have been propping
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been propping
you had been propping
he/she/it had been propping
we had been propping
you had been propping
they had been propping
Conditional
I would prop
you would prop
he/she/it would prop
we would prop
you would prop
they would prop
Past Conditional
I would have propped
you would have propped
he/she/it would have propped
we would have propped
you would have propped
they would have propped
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prop - a support placed beneath or against something to keep it from shaking or fallingprop - a support placed beneath or against something to keep it from shaking or falling
pitprop, sprag - a wooden prop used to support the roof of a mine
support - supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation; "the statue stood on a marble support"
2.prop - any movable articles or objects used on the set of a play or movie; "before every scene he ran down his checklist of props"
object, physical object - a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow; "it was full of rackets, balls and other objects"
custard pie - a prop consisting of an open pie filled with real or artificial custard; thrown in slapstick comedies
mise en scene, stage setting, setting - arrangement of scenery and properties to represent the place where a play or movie is enacted
3.prop - a propeller that rotates to push against airprop - a propeller that rotates to push against air
propeller, propellor - a mechanical device that rotates to push against air or water
propeller plane - an airplane that is driven by a propeller
Verb1.prop - support by placing against something solid or rigid; "shore and buttress an old building"
hold up, support, sustain, hold - be the physical support of; carry the weight of; "The beam holds up the roof"; "He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam"; "What's holding that mirror?"
bolster - prop up with a pillow or bolster

prop

verb
1. lean, place, set, stand, position, rest, lay, balance, steady He propped his bike against the fence.
2. (often with up) support, maintain, sustain, shore, hold up, brace, uphold, bolster, truss, buttress plaster ceilings are propped with scaffolding
noun
1. support, stay, brace, mainstay, truss, buttress, stanchion The timber is reinforced with three steel props on a concrete foundation.
2. mainstay, support, sustainer, anchor, backbone, cornerstone, upholder The army is one of the main props of the government.
prop something or someone up
1. rest, place, set, stand, lean He slouched back and propped his elbows up on the bench behind him.
2. subsidize, support, fund, finance, maintain, underwrite, shore up, buttress, bolster up Investments in the US money markets have propped up the American dollar.

prop

noun
A means or device that keeps something erect, stable, or secure:
verb
To keep from yielding or failing during stress or difficulty:
Translations
stut
دِعامَه، سَنَد،يَسْنِد
opřítpodpěra
lænestiver
lavastepotkurituki
halla upp aîstoî
atbalstītbalstītbalsts

prop

1 [prɒp]
A. N
1. (lit) (Archit, Min) → puntal m; (for clothesline) → palo m (Naut) → escora f (Aer) (also propeller) → hélice f (Rugby) (also prop forward) → pilier m (Theat) (also property) → accesorio m propsaccesorios mpl, at(t)rezzo msing
2. (fig) → sostén m, apoyo m
B. VT (= support) → apuntalar; (= rest, lean) → apoyar (fig) → sostener, apoyar
to prop a ladder against a wallapoyar una escalera contra una pared
the door was propped open with a buckethabían puesto un cubo para que no se cerrara la puerta
C. CPD prop shaft N (Aer) (also propeller shaft) → árbol m de la hélice
prop up VT + ADV
1. (lit) [+ roof, structure] → apuntalar
I propped him up with pillowsle puse almohadas para que se recostara
she propped herself up on one elbowse enderezó apoyándose en el codo
he can usually be found propping up the bar (hum) → te lo encuentras siempre en el bar empinando el codo
2. (fig) [+ economy, currency, regime] → respaldar
the company was propped up by a big loanla compañía recibió el apoyo or el respaldo de un préstamo cuantioso, se respaldó a la compañía con un préstamo cuantioso

prop

[ˈprɒp]
n
(wooden, metal)support m
(psychological)réconfort m
[government, system] → soutien m
(THEATRE) (on stage)accessoire m
vt (= lean) → poser
to prop sth against sth → poser qch contre qch
His gun lay propped against the wall → Son fusil était posé contre le mur.
prop up
vt sep
(= lean) → appuyer
(= support) [+ industry, regime, currency] → soutenir

prop

1
n (lit)Stütze f; (fig also)Halt m
vt to prop the door opendie Tür offen halten; to prop oneself/something against somethingsich/etw gegen etw lehnen ? prop up

prop

2
n (inf: = propeller) → Propeller m; prop shaft = propeller shaft; ? propeller

prop

1 [prɒp]
1. nsostegno, appoggio, puntello (fig) → sostegno
2. vt (also prop up)
a. (rest, lean, ladder) → appoggiare
to prop sth against → appoggiare qc contro or a
b. (support) → sostenere, puntellare (fig) → tenere su, tenere in piedi

prop

2 [prɒp] n (Theatre) (fam) → (elemento del) materiale m di scena

prop1

(prop) noun
a support. The ceiling was held up with wooden props.
verbpast tense, past participle propped
to lean (something) against something else. He propped his bicycle against the wall.
prop up
to support (something) in an upright position, or stop it from falling. We had to prop up the roof; He propped himself up against the wall.
References in classic literature ?
So I kindled the shavings; helped prop up the innocent little idol; offered him burnt biscuit with Queequeg; salamed before him twice or thrice; kissed his nose; and that done, we undressed and went to bed, at peace with our own consciences and all the world.
We fixed it up away down in the woods, and cooked it there; and we got it done at last, and very satisfactory, too; but not all in one day; and we had to use up three wash-pans full of flour before we got through, and we got burnt pretty much all over, in places, and eyes put out with the smoke; because, you see, we didn't want nothing but a crust, and we couldn't prop it up right, and she would always cave in.
It did not seem as if a prop were withdrawn, but rather as if a motive were gone: it was not the power to be tranquil which had failed me, but the reason for tranquillity was no more.
said Joseph, giving a thud with his prop on the floor, and assuming an authoritative air.
In short I left her, when I went away at night, the prop and staff of Mr.
Left groping in darkness, with his prop utterly gone, Silas had inevitably a sense, though a dull and half-despairing one, that if any help came to him it must come from without; and there was a slight stirring of expectation at the sight of his fellow-men, a faint consciousness of dependence on their goodwill.
Our pleasant task enjoyn'd, but till more hands Aid us, the work under our labour grows, Luxurious by restraint; what we by day Lop overgrown, or prune, or prop, or bind, One night or two with wanton growth derides Tending to wilde.
At the corner of the area, which is of an irregular form, stands the great tower, or keep, placed on a small hill of its own dimensions, on which lies six vast projecting buttresses, ascending in a steep direction to prop and support the building, and continued upwards up the side as turrets.
I couldn't afford to have it repaired, though I did what I could to patch and prop it.
A wall of superb rocks, in an imposing mass, rose before us, a heap of gigantic blocks, an enormous, steep granite shore, forming dark grottos, but which presented no practicable slope; it was the prop of the Island of Crespo.
No, monsieur; I speak of the prop of the state, of my only servant, of my only friend--of the cardinal.
Hetty's sphere of comparison was not large, but she couldn't help perceiving that Adam was "something like" a man; always knew what to say about things, could tell her uncle how to prop the hovel, and had mended the churn in no time; knew, with only looking at it, the value of the chestnut-tree that was blown down, and why the damp came in the walls, and what they must do to stop the rats; and wrote a beautiful hand that you could read off, and could do figures in his head--a degree of accomplishment totally unknown among the richest farmers of that countryside.