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pop-up

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[pop-uhp]
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adjective
  1. (of books, usually children's books) having pieces of artwork fastened to the pages so that when the page is opened, a three-dimensional cutout or object is formed and, sometimes, movement of a picture element, such as a door opening, can be activated by pulling a tab.
  2. of or being a device that ejects or raises a finished or used item from the top: a pop-up toaster.
  3. of or relating to a device, mechanism, or object that rises or pivots from a concealed or recessed position to its operating position: a camera with a pop-up electronic flash; a car with pop-up headlights.
  4. popping up, as from an appliance or object: pop-up waffles heated in the toaster; a pop-up gauge for indicating when the turkey is done.
  5. noting or pertaining to a store, restaurant, etc., that temporarily takes over a vacant space and does business there for a short time: a pop-up store selling Halloween costumes.
  6. Computers. appearing suddenly and temporarily in a new window within or on top of an open window: Right-click to get a pop-up menu. There are tools to block pop-up ads.
noun
  1. a pop-up book.
  2. Also called pop-out, popout. something, as a partially cut out or spring-mounted illustration in a children's book, that unfolds or springs up when opened or otherwise activated; pop-out: a Christmas card with a pop-up of Santa Claus.
  3. Baseball. pop fly.
  4. a pop-up store, restaurant, etc.
  5. Computers. a pop-up message, menu, etc.: Press the hotkey and the pop-up will appear.

Origin of pop-up

1860–65 for def 9; noun, adj. use of verb phrase pop up
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British Dictionary definitions for pop-up

pop-up

adjective
  1. (of an appliance) characterized by or having a mechanism that pops upa pop-up toaster
  2. (of a book) having pages that rise when opened to simulate a three-dimensional form
  3. computing (of a menu on a computer screen, etc) suddenly appearing when an option is selected
  4. (of a shop, restaurant, venue, or other small business) intentionally opening and closing for business within a very short span of timea pop-up shop
verb pop up
  1. (intr, adverb) to appear suddenly from below
noun
  1. computing something that appears over or above the open window on a computer screen
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for pop-up

n.

from 1906 as a type of baseball hit; from pop (v.) + up (adv.). As an adjective from 1934 (of a children's book, later toasters, etc.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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