- (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.
- of or being a device that ejects or raises a finished or used item from the top: a pop-up toaster.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- a pop-up book.
- 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.
- Baseball. pop fly.
- a pop-up store, restaurant, etc.
- 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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These days, pop-up concerts at unusual venues like Kensington are in good company.L.A.’s Cool-Kid Backyard Concert Series—Kensington Presents
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Every batter, it's a fastball for a strike or pop-up, then a change-up for a ground out.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
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Similarly, pop-up shops also gained popularity in recent years, at least in major urban markets like New York.RIP Loehmann’s: Another Nail in the Coffin for America’s Middle Class
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The two-day pop-up auction, which concludes Thursday evening, has the price for the "vandalized" oil painting at over $310,000.Banksy's Charitable Moment
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- (of an appliance) characterized by or having a mechanism that pops upa pop-up toaster
- (of a book) having pages that rise when opened to simulate a three-dimensional form
- computing (of a menu on a computer screen, etc) suddenly appearing when an option is selected
- (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
- (intr, adverb) to appear suddenly from below
- computing something that appears over or above the open window on a computer screen
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Word Origin and History for pop-up
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