prop

A prop is something you use as a support, like a broom that serves as a prop to hold a door open. A prop is also something that goes on stage, like a garbage can in a Beckett play.

When you use a prop, you can say you prop something, or prop it up: "Here, prop your blanket fort up with this chair." This handy word also means "a moveable object used on the set of a movie or play." If you get a film job as a prop master, you'll be in charge of placing props in the correct spot before a scene is shot. This theatrical meaning is actually a shortened form of properties.

Definitions of prop
  1. noun
    a support placed beneath or against something to keep it from shaking or falling
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    types:
    pitprop, sprag
    a wooden prop used to support the roof of a mine
    type of:
    support
    supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation
  2. verb
    support by placing against something solid or rigid
    synonyms: prop up, shore, shore up
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    types:
    bolster
    prop up with a pillow or bolster
    type of:
    hold, hold up, support, sustain
    be the physical support of; carry the weight of
  3. noun
    any movable articles or objects used on the set of a play or movie
    “before every scene he ran down his checklist of props
    synonyms: property
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    types:
    custard pie
    a prop consisting of an open pie filled with real or artificial custard; thrown in slapstick comedies
    type of:
    object, physical object
    a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow
  4. noun
    a propeller that rotates to push against air
    synonyms: airplane propeller, airscrew
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    type of:
    propeller, propellor
    a mechanical device that rotates to push against air or water
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