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[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
1870-75, Americanism; door + stop Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Then he put it on the rim of the chest in such a position that if the lid were to fall it would be stopped by the doorstop.

    The Eyes Have It Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Anne hugged Patricia, and departed for her own room, stumbling over the doorstop as she went out.

    The Mystery of Arnold Hall Helen M. Persons
British Dictionary definitions for doorstop


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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doorstop in Technology

Used to describe equipment that is non-functional and halfway expected to remain so, especially obsolete equipment kept around for political reasons or ostensibly as a backup. "When we get another Wyse-50 in here, that ADM 3 will turn into a doorstop."
Compare boat anchor.
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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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