• WordNet 3.6
    • v prop support by placing against something solid or rigid "shore and buttress an old building"
    • n prop a propeller that rotates to push against air
    • n prop a support placed beneath or against something to keep it from shaking or falling
    • n 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Prop A shell, used as a die. See Props.
    • n Prop That which sustains an incumbent weight; that on which anything rests or leans for support; a support; a stay; as, a prop for a building. "Two props of virtue."
    • v. t Prop To support, or prevent from falling, by placing something under or against; as, to prop up a fence or an old building; (Fig.) to sustain; to maintain; as, to prop a declining state. "Till the bright mountains prop the incumbent sky.""For being not propp'd by ancestry.""I prop myself upon those few supports that are left me."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n prop A stick, staff, pole, rod, beam, or other rigid thing used to sustain an incumbent weight; that on which anything rests for support; a support; a stay; a fulcrum: usually applied to something not forming a part of the object supported: as, a prop for vines; a prop for an old wall.
    • n prop In botany, same as fulcrum, 3.
    • n prop plural Legs.
    • n prop Synonyms See staff.
    • prop To support or prevent from falling by placing something under or against: as, to prop a roof or wall.
    • prop To support by standing under or against: as, a pillar props a roof; beams prop a wall.
    • prop To support or sustain in a general sense: as, to prop a failing cause.
    • prop To help; assist.
    • prop To stop or pull up suddenly; balk: said of a horse or other beast.
    • n prop A shell used in the game of props. See props.
    • n prop An abbreviation of proposition; properly.
    • n prop An unexpected stop, as of a horse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Prop prop anything on which a weight rests for support: a support: a stay
    • v.t Prop to keep from falling by means of something placed under or against: to support or to sustain in any way:—pr.p. prop′ping; pa.t. and pa.p. propped
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  • Archimedes
    “Give me a lever long enough, and a prop strong enough, I can single-handed move the world.”
  • Tom Ogden
    Tom Ogden
    “I use many props. The props act as cue cards reminding me of what to say next.”
  • Mark Twain
    “Scientists have odious manners, except when you prop up their theory; then you can borrow money of them.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Akin to LG. & D. proppen, to cram, stuff, thrust into, stop, G. pfropfen, Dan. proppe, Sw. proppa,; of uncertain origin, cf. G. pfropfen, to graft, fr. L. propago, set, layer of a plant, slip, shoot. Cf. 3d. Prop Propagate


In literature:

But, at that moment, the horse propped and halted, and the reply was never finished.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
Propped up against them was the figure of an old man.
"The Doomsman" by Van Tassel Sutphen
Far above him soared peaks and ridges, so many and high that they seemed to prop up the eternal blue.
"The Great Sioux Trail" by Joseph Altsheler
That prop was knocked out.
"The Battle with the Slum" by Jacob A. Riis
The bearded man snorted in disgust and hauled him to his feet, propping him against the outer wall.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
There, oldest of all, a yellow house stooped forward on the posts that propped it.
"The Combined Maze" by May Sinclair
Into one of these was carried the helpless and enraged Red Bull, where he was propped up against a thwart.
"The Rival Campers Ashore" by Ruel Perley Smith
Over this they had pitched the tent, using the rock for table, propping their dummies about it.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
The door closed and the plane was whirling, catching them in its prop blast.
"The Electronic Mind Reader" by John Blaine
It propped and then turned.
"In the Musgrave Ranges" by Jim Bushman

In poetry:

Us propped en up
With stones and 'ood,
Us done our best,
But t'weren't no good.
"Old Cob Wall" by Cicely Fox Smith
The chair is ivory purest
Whereof he makes his bed;
The table is of marble
Whereon he props his head.
"Barbarossa" by Friedrich Ruckert
By faith I build my lasting hope
On righteousness divine,
Nor can I sink with such a prop,
Whatever storms combine.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. IV." by Ralph Erskine
With me, youth led… I will speak now,
No longer watch you as you sit
Reading by fire-light, that great brow
And the spirit-small hand propping it,
Mutely, my heart knows how—-
"By The Fire-Side" by Robert Browning
Where with loud song the labourer tells
His love to maiden loitering nigh,
And in the fig—tree's wakening cells
The honeyed sweetness swarms and swells,
And mountains prop the spacious sky;
"Dedication To Lady Windsor" by Alfred Austin
Shelley dreamed it. Now the dream decays.
The props crumble; the familiar ways
Are stale with tears trodden underfoot.
The heart's flower withers at the root.
Bury it then, in history's sterile dust.
The slow years shall tame your tawny lust.
"Song at the Year's Turning" by R S Thomas

In news:

First prop is for picking a woman with seriously sumptuous skin.
The 2nd largest voting bloc in Arizona via independent voters supported Prop 121 – Top Two or Arizona Open Primary .
The Arizona Republic Recommends a "Yes" Vote on Prop 121.
Prop 32 would change organized labor 's influence on California's political process.
If he disliked an article, he would prop the offending issue up against a tree and shoot it to bits.
), and it features an integrated prop-saver design.
Defeat Prop 226 from Californians to Protect Employee Rights.
A screen shot from a No on 30 commercial ( and the No on Prop 30 campaign / October 22, 2012 ).
Idahoans voted to repeal Props 1, 2, and 3 by wide margins.
State Superintendent Visits Patrick Henry HS And Touts Prop 30.
Photographs by Reinhard Hunger, food styling by Alison Attenborough, prop styling by Corey Evans.
Prop 37's labeling requirements are especially perplexing .
Props to a local filmmaker.
The Meatmen's Tesco Vee Counts Down His New Props, His Least Favorite Albums, And Why You Should See His Band.
I read the entire 164-page transcript of this week's closing arguments for the Prop.

In science:

Wo, Prop. 8.3.1]) that there exists a Hermitian line bundle (L, h) → M and a metric connection ∇ on L whose curvature ΘL satisfies i 2 ΘL = ω .
Universality and scaling of zeros on symplectic manifolds
It is pointed out in [Fa2, Prop. 5.2] that χ(L) determines AL when it is semi-simple but not otherwise.
Analytic invariants of boundary links
For example, it follows from [Fa2, Prop. 2.5(c)] that χ is not sensitive to different extensions of the same modules.
Analytic invariants of boundary links
However, the analogous statement for k-association holds by an application of , Prop. 3 (ii).
Generalized pseudo-Riemannian geometry
Hence ˆRab satisfies the vacuum Einstein equations in the sense of 0-association (cf. the remarks after Prop. 18 in the revised version of ).
Generalized pseudo-Riemannian geometry