Prop meaning

prŏp
The definition of a prop is a person or thing who provides support or holds something up, or an object used on the set of a play or movie.

A pole that keeps up an awning is an example of a prop.

A clipboard used by a character in a play is an example of a prop.

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A rigid support, as a beam, stake, or pole, placed under or against a structure or part.
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Any of the articles other than costumes and scenery used by an actor or performer during a performance on stage or in a film.
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Proper.
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To place or lean (something) against a support.
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Property.
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Related to or derived from propionic acid.

Propane.

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One that serves as a means of support or assistance.
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One of the seashells in the game of props.
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A person or thing that gives support or aid to a person, institution, etc.
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To sustain or bolster.
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Proper(ly)
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Property.
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Proposition.
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Proprietor.
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An object placed against or under another, to support it; anything that supports.

They stuck a block of wood under it as a prop.

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(rugby) The player who is next to the hooker in a scrum.
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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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(theater, film) An item placed on a stage or set to create a scene or scenario in which actors perform. Contraction of "property".

They used the trophy as a prop in the movie.

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The propeller of an aircraft.
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A proposition, especially on an election-day ballot.
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(law) Abbreviation of property.
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To prop is to position something in a way that it can provide support, or to lean an object up against something else so it stays close to upright.

When you stick a pole under an awning to make the awning stay up, this is an example of a situation where you prop up the awning.

When you lean your instrument against the wall so it doesn't fall over, this is an example of a time when you prop up your instrument.

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An object placed beneath or against a structure to keep it from falling or shaking; a support.
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To support by placing something beneath or against; shore up.
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Someone or something displayed to impress others or provide a false impression.
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A propeller.
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Proposition.
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To support, hold up, or hold in place with or as with a prop.
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Propeller (as of an aircraft)
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Origin of prop

  • Middle English proppe probably from Middle Dutch

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From propionic acid

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Short for property

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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

    From Wiktionary

  • Abbreviation of proposition.

    From Wiktionary

  • Abbreviation of propeller.

    From Wiktionary

  • Abbreviation of property.

    From Wiktionary