doorstop

[dawr-stop, dohr-]
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noun

a device for holding a door open, as a wedge or small weight.
Also called slamming stile, stop. (in a doorframe) a strip or projecting surface against which the door closes.
a device for preventing a door from striking a wall or an object on a wall, as a small rubber-covered projection.

Nearby words

  1. doors,
  2. doorsill,
  3. doorstead,
  4. doorstep,
  5. doorstone,
  6. doorway,
  7. doorwoman,
  8. dooryard,
  9. doosra,
  10. doover

Origin of doorstop

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75; door + stop

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British Dictionary definitions for doorstop

doorstop

noun

a heavy object, wedge, or other device which prevents an open door from moving
a projecting piece of rubber, etc, fixed to the floor to stop a door from striking a wall
informal a very thick book
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