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prop

Noun

1 a support placed beneath or against something to keep it from shaking or falling
2 any movable articles or objects used on the set of a play or movie; "before every scene he ran down his checklist of props" [syn: property]
3 a propeller that rotates to push against air [syn: airplane propeller, airscrew] v : support by placing against something solid or rigid; "shore and buttress an old building" [syn: prop up, shore up, shore] [also: propping, propped]

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English

Pronunciation

  • /prɒp/
  • Rhymes with: -ɒp

Noun

prop (plural: props)
  1. An item placed on a stage to create a scene or scenario in which actors perform a play in a theatre or motion picture. Usually the term "props" is reserved for objects with which an actor 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.
    They used the trophy as a prop in the movie.
  2. An object placed against or under another, to support it; anything that supports.
    They stuck a block of wood under it as a prop.
  3. : The player who is next to the hooker in a scrum.
  4. The propeller of an aircraft.

Translations

An item placed on a stage to create a scene or scenario in which actors perform a play in a theatre or motion picture
An object placed against or under another, to support it
The player who is next to the hooker in a scrum
The propeller of an aircraft

Verb

  1. To support or shore up something.
    Try using a phone book to prop up the table where the foot is missing.

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Prop or props may be:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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