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doorstop

[dawr-stop, dohr-] /ˈdɔrˌstɒp, ˈdoʊr-/
noun
1.
a device for holding a door open, as a wedge or small weight.
2.
Also called slamming stile, stop. (in a doorframe) a strip or projecting surface against which the door closes.
3.
a device for preventing a door from striking a wall or an object on a wall, as a small rubber-covered projection.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75, Americanism; door + stop
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British Dictionary definitions for door-stop

doorstop

/ˈdɔːˌstɒp/
noun
1.
a heavy object, wedge, or other device which prevents an open door from moving
2.
a projecting piece of rubber, etc, fixed to the floor to stop a door from striking a wall
3.
(informal) a very thick book
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Encyclopedia Article for door-stop

doorstop

usually decorative and invariably heavy object used to prevent doors from swinging shut. Doorstops came into use about 1775 following the introduction of the rising butt, a type of hinge designed to close a door automatically. Many stops took the form of famous persons, such as Napoleon, Shakespeare, Wellington, Gladstone, and Disraeli. Animal forms were also popular

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