A stopper is plug or a cork — it's designed to block the opening of a container by fitting partially inside it. The rubber plug you use to keep your bath water from going down the drain is a type of stopper.

The cork in the neck of a wine bottle is a stopper . Other kinds of stoppers halt or prevent something. A crime stopper keeps criminals at bay, and a conversation stopper is something you say that is so awkward or profound that no one can think of anything to say in response.

Definitions of stopper
  1. noun
    blockage consisting of an object designed to fill a hole tightly
    synonyms: plug, stopple
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    bung, spile
    a plug used to close a hole in a barrel or flask
    bottle cork, cork
    the plug in the mouth of a bottle (especially a wine bottle)
    a removable plug for holding water in a tub or basin
    a plug of cotton, wax, or rubber that is fitted into the ear canal for protection against the entry of water or loud noise
    a wooden plug forming a flue pipe (as the mouthpiece of a recorder)
    tampion, tompion
    plug for the muzzle of a gun to keep out dust and moisture
    plug of cotton or other absorbent material; inserted into wound or body cavity to absorb exuded fluids (especially blood)
    spigot, tap
    a plug for a bunghole in a cask
    tampon used to absorb menstrual flow
    type of:
    block, blockage, closure, occlusion, stop, stoppage
    an obstruction in a pipe or tube
  2. noun
    a remark to which there is no polite conversational reply
    synonyms: conversation stopper
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    type of:
    comment, input, remark
    a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information
  3. noun
    an act so striking or impressive that the show must be delayed until the audience quiets down
    synonyms: show-stopper, showstopper
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    type of:
    act, bit, number, routine, turn
    a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program
  4. noun
    (bridge) a playing card with a value sufficiently high to insure taking a trick in a particular suit
    “if my partner has a spade stopper I can bid no trump”
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    type of:
    playing card
    one of a pack of cards that are used to play card games
  5. verb
    close or secure with or as if with a stopper
    “The mothers stoppered their babies' mouths with pacifiers”
    synonyms: stopple
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    type of:
    plug, secure, stop up
    fill or close tightly with or as if with a plug
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