prop

See also: Prop. and prop-

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EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Akin to German Pfropfen and Danish proppe, compare Latin propago ‎(layer of a plant)

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NounEdit

prop ‎(plural props)

  1. An object placed against or under another, to support it; anything that supports.
    They stuck a block of wood under it as a prop.
  2. (rugby) The player who is next to the hooker in a scrum.
  3. One of the seashells in the game of props.
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VerbEdit

prop ‎(third-person singular simple present props, present participle propping, simple past and past participle propped)

  1. (transitive) To support or shore up something.
    Try using a phone book to prop up the table where the foot is missing.
  2. (transitive, usually with "up") To position the feet while sitting or reclining so that the knees are elevated at a higher level.
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Etymology 2Edit

Abbreviation of property.

NounEdit

prop ‎(plural props)

  1. (theater, film) An item placed on a stage or set to create a scene or scenario in which actors perform.
    They used the trophy as a prop in the movie.
  2. Similarly, an item placed within an advertisement in order to suggest a style of living etc.
Usage notesEdit
  • In stagecraft, usually the term prop is reserved for an object with which an actor or performer interacts (e.g., a glass, a book, or a weapon). Larger items adding to the scene, (e.g. chairs) are considered part of the set.
  • Props are often non-functional. A prop that is required to function is a "practical" prop.
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Etymology 3Edit

Abbreviation of propeller.

NounEdit

prop ‎(plural props)

  1. The propeller of an aircraft.
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VerbEdit

  1. To manually start the engine of a propeller-driven aircraft with no electric starter by pulling vigorously on one of the propeller blades using the hands, so that the propeller can catch ignition.

Etymology 4Edit

Abbreviation of proposition.

NounEdit

prop ‎(plural props)

  1. A proposition, especially on an election-day ballot.
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AdverbEdit

prop

  1. (especially after "a") near, nearby
  2. (followed by "de") near to
  3. (followed by "de") about, around, roughly

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PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

prop f, m ‎(plural proppen, diminutive propje n)

  1. A swab, plug made of paper, cloth, slime or some other suitable material.
  2. A piece of paper or similar which has been crumpled into a ball-like shape, usually though not necessarily with the intent of throwing it away. → A wad of paper. Usually used in the diminutive form propje. Often the material is assumed to be paper or unimportant, but it can be specified: propje papier (paper), propje plastic (plastic), propje huishoudfolie (household plastic foil), propje aluminiumfolie (aluminium foil), propje keukenpapier (kitchen paper), propje toiletpapier (toilet paper), propje gekleurd papier (coloured paper), propje crêpepapier (crepe paper) and so on.
  3. An embolism. Often used in the diminutive form propje. The substance of the embolism can be indicated: bloedpropje (blood clot), vetpropje (fatty substance), cholesterolpropje (cholesterol). Note however that the last two terms are also used as derogatory words for someone who eats too much, especially fatty food.

VerbEdit

prop

  1. first-person singular present indicative of proppen
  2. imperative of proppen
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