[ dawr-stop, dohr- ]
/ ˈdɔrˌstɒp, ˈdoʊr- /


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.

Origin of doorstop

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75; door + stop Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for doorstop

/ (ˈdɔːˌstɒp) /


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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