• WordNet 3.6
    • v stopper close or secure with or as if with a stopper "She stoppered the wine bottle","The mothers stoppered their babies' mouths with pacifiers"
    • n stopper blockage consisting of an object designed to fill a hole tightly
    • n stopper (bridge) a playing card with a value sufficiently high to insure taking a trick in a particular suit "if my partner has a spade stopper I can bid no trump"
    • n stopper a remark to which there is no polite conversational reply
    • n stopper an act so striking or impressive that the show must be delayed until the audience quiets down
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Stopper (Bot) A name to several trees of the genus Eugenia, found in Florida and the West Indies; as, the red stopper . See Eugenia.
    • Stopper (Naut) A short piece of rope having a knot at one or both ends, with a lanyard under the knot, -- used to secure something.
    • Stopper One who stops, closes, shuts, or hinders; that which stops or obstructs; that which closes or fills a vent or hole in a vessel.
    • v. t Stopper To close or secure with a stopper.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n stopper One who or that which stops or plugs. One who fills up holes or openings.
    • n stopper That which closes or fills up (an opening, etc.), as a plug, a bung, or a cork; especially, such an article for the mouth of a fruit-jar, decanter, or vial, when made of the same material as the vessel itself, and having no special name, as cork, bung, etc.; a stopple; specifically, a device for closing bottles for aërated water. See cut under siphon-bottle.
    • n stopper A convenient utensil made of wood, bone, ivory, or the like, formerly used to compress or pack some loose or fiocculent substance into small compass.
    • n stopper One who or that which brings to a stop or stand; specifically, one of the players in tennis, foot-ball, and other games, who stops the balls.
    • n stopper Nautical, a piece of rope secured at one end to a bolt or the like, used to check the motion of another rope or of a cable. Stoppers for cables are of various construction, such as an iron clamp with a lever or screw, a claw of iron with a rope attached, etc.
    • n stopper In an organ, a wooden plug inserted in the tops of certain kinds of pipes, as in those of the stopped diapason, flute, bourdon, etc., whence they are called stopped pipes. Such pipes are tuned by means of the stopper.
    • n stopper In a vehicle, a bar of wood with iron points pivoted to the body, and allowed to trail on the ground behind to serve as a stop or brake in ascending steep grades. Such a device is used, for instance, on icecarts plying on hilly streets, where stoppages are frequent.
    • n stopper The upper pad or principal callosity of the sole of a dog's foot.
    • n stopper A small tree of one of four species of the genus Eugenia occurring in Florida. Of the species E. buxifolia is the gurgeon or Spanish stopper, E. monticola is the white stopper, and E. procera is the red stopper. The last is somewhat abundant, and has a very heavy, hard, strong, and close-grained wood of a light yellowish-brown color, likely to be valuable for cabinet-making and coarse engraving. The remaining species so called is E. longipes, a rare tree bearing a small red fruit with the fiavor of cranberries. All except the last are found also in the West Indies. Sargent.
    • stopper To close or secure with a stopple: as, stoppered bottles.
    • stopper To fit with a stopple or stopples.
    • stopper Nautical, to secure with a stopper or stoppers.
    • n stopper In the Bahamas, either of two trees, the red rodwood, Eugenia axillaris
    • n stopper and the marlberry, Icacorea paniculata. See marlberry.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Stopper one who stops: that which closes a vent or hole, as the cork or glass mouthpiece for a bottle:
    • Stopper (naut.) a short rope for making something fast
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. stoppen—O. Fr. estouper (Ice. stoppa, Ger. stopfen, to stuff); all from L. stupa, the coarse part of flax, tow.


In literature:

When Clarke woke up with a start he saw Raymond pouring a few drops of some oily fluid into a green phial, which he stoppered tightly.
"The House of Souls" by Arthur Machen
They were stoppered with a stuff like rubber.
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
Through the centre of this stopper I made a hole one-fourth of an inch in diameter.
"Mysteries of Bee-keeping Explained" by M. Quinby
Not infrequently one end of the handle terminated in a tobacco stopper.
"Chats on Household Curios" by Fred W. Burgess
This stuff was packed around two jugs of water tightly stoppered.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
No wonder, I perceived with dismay that the stopper was out, and the stream was flowing!
"The Boy Tar" by Mayne Reid
Kindly fix your eyes upon their stoppers.
"With Airship and Submarine" by Harry Collingwood
You put the stopper on to that intention.
"The Dark Tower" by Phyllis Bottome
He had already taken the stopper out of the decanter when their eyes met ... and then he put it back again.
"Miss Mapp" by Edward Frederic Benson
The cat-stopper is then passed, and the cat-block unhooked.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth

In poetry:

At a terrace, somewhere near the stopper,
There watched for me, one June,
A girl: I know, sir, it's improper,
My poor mind's out of tune.
"Confessions" by Robert Browning
THERE was a young man in Boston town,
He bought him a stethoscope nice and new,
All mounted and finished and polished down,
With an ivory cap and a stopper too.
"The Stethoscope Song. A Professional Ballad" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
'Young Ladies of property,
Let Lady A.'s history serve as a stopper t' ye;
Don't wed with low people beneath your degree,
And if you've a baby, don't send it to sea!
"Some Account Of A New Play" by Richard Harris Barham
Watcha gonna do when Memphis near gone,
Memphis near gone, Mistah Drinkin' Man?
Gonna grab a pint bottle of Mountain Corn,
Gonna keep de stopper in my han',
Gonna get a mean jag on, oh, my Lawd!
"Memphis Blues" by Sterling A Brown
This is the way things stand now:
if I pull out the stopper
after pampering myself in the bath,
I'm afraid that all of Jerusalem, and with it the whole world,
will drain out into the huge darkness.
"You Mustn't Show Weakness" by Yehuda Amichai
So, lads, put on your stoppers, and let us to the hut,
Where we'll gather round and have a friendly game,
While some are playing music and some play ante up,
And some are gazing outwards at the rain.
"Another Fall of Rain" by Anonymous Oceania

In news:

The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force is offering to double the Crime Stopper reward if any information is provided that would lead to the arrest of two men suspected of murder.
Central Ohio Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and/or indictment of the person responsible for shooting and killing a man.
According to Crime Stoppers, Dante Hill and a female friend drove to a home, located in the 1800 block of East 26th Avenue, on Dec 12, 2007.
A consistent, medium-intensity routine is a proven cold-stopper.
If you see him, call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.
Crime Stoppers needs your help in solving a burglary that occurred at Medical Hills Pharmacy located at 407 Medical Arts Court.
The theft of a Springfield 9-mm subcompact pistol is the subject of the Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week.
SCPD Southampton Village police and Crime Stoppers say they are seeking to question this woman in theft in October of two purses from The Perfect Purse , 20 Hampton Rd.
Amarillo Crime Stoppers will be hosting a lunch on Wednesday, May 16th.
Hamilton County Crime Stoppers is hosting a fund raiser which program officials hope will help offset operational costs of the program.
WACO, TX — Waco Crime stoppers released a PSA after Waco Animal Control officer Luis Leyva found six puppies in a zipped-up, abandonded luggage bag in late October.
Crime Stoppers is appealing to the public for any information anyone has about six cars that were torched Thursday night at a local auto repair business.
Victoria Crime Stoppers and the Victoria Police Department need your help to identify the person responsible for a robbery.
Crime Stoppers opens reward account in Jessica Ridgeway case.
Metro Denver Crime Stoppers is opening an account for community members who want to donate to a reward fund in the Jessica Ridgeway abduction and murder case.

In science:

We say that R is V-smooth (alias V-stoppered) iff ∀ V ∈ V, ∀ s ∈ L(V ), either s is preferred in L(V ) or there exists s′ preferred in L(V ) such that s′ ≺ s.
Preferential and Preferential-discriminative Consequence relations
Some completeness results for stoppered and ranked classical preferential models.
Preferential and Preferential-discriminative Consequence relations
This is not necessarily a “show-stopper” for muon cooling but, by requiring a stretching out of the cooling channel, could impose a significant performance loss or cost increase.
Muon Cooling and Future Muon Facilities: The Coming Decade
The DAQ system is in good shape, without any obvious “show stoppers” on the horizon which could plausibly prevent it from being ready for cosmics data taking for the SDHCAL prior to test beam data (mid-June 2011).
CALICE Report to the DESY Physics Research Committee, April 2011
We refer to such configurations as left (right) stoppers.
Breakdown of Simple Scaling in Abelian Sandpile Models in One Dimension