a support, often ornamental and usually one of a pair, put at the end of a row of books to keep them upright
to be located at the ends of or at one end of: a bank and a supermarket bookend the shopping mall
An often decorative prop placed at the end of a row of books to keep them upright.
transitive verbbook·end·ed, book·end·ing, book·ends
- To place something or be positioned at the ends of (a place or linear space): The picture on the wall was bookended by two diplomas.
- To arrange or occur before and after (an event): The speaker's lecture was bookended with television interviews.
(third-person singular simple present bookends, present participle bookending, simple past and past participle bookended)
- To come before and after, or at both sides of