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popper

[pop-er] /ˈpɒp ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that pops.
2.
a utensil, as a covered pan, used for popping corn.
3.
Angling. chugger.
4.
a vial of amyl or butyl nitrite abused as a vasodilator for the effect of exhilaration.
Origin
1740-1750
1740-50; pop1 + -er1; compare Middle English poppere a small dagger

Popper

[pop-er] /ˈpɒp ər/
noun
1.
Sir Karl (Raimund) [rey-muh nd] /ˈreɪ mənd/ (Show IPA), 1902–1994, British philosopher, born in Austria.
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  • Thank you pill-popper and no ssri's for your perspective on what works for you both.
  • popper's idea is that scientific theories are always being challenged by evidence.
  • All it takes is a hot air popcorn popper and a little trial and error.
  • Popcorn popped with an air popper is healthy and fat free.
British Dictionary definitions for popper

popper

/ˈpɒpə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that pops
2.
(Brit) an informal name for press stud
3.
(mainly US & Canadian) a container for cooking popcorn in
4.
(slang) an amyl nitrite capsule, which is crushed and its contents inhaled by drug users as a stimulant

Popper

/ˈpɒpə/
noun
1.
Sir Karl. 1902–94, British philosopher, born in Vienna. In The Logic of Scientific Discovery (1934), he proposes that knowledge cannot be absolutely confirmed, but rather that science progresses by the experimental refutation of the current theory and its consequent replacement by a new theory, equally provisional but covering more of the known data. The Open Society and its Enemies (1945) is a critique of dogmatic political philosophies, such as Marxism. Other works are The Poverty of Historicism (1957), Conjectures and Refutations (1963), and Objective Knowledge (1972)
Derived Forms
Popperian (pɒˈpɪərɪən) noun, adjective
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popper in Medicine

popper pop·per (pŏp'ər)
n.
An ampoule of amyl nitrite or butyl nitrite used as a stimulant drug.

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Slang definitions & phrases for popper

popper

noun
  1. A pistol (1889+)
  2. pill or capsule of amyl or butyl nitrite: I'm just giving you a harmless popper (1960s+ Narcotics)
Related Terms

eyepopper, finger-popper, joy-popper, pill popper


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Encyclopedia Article for popper

amyl nitrite

drug once commonly used in the treatment of angina pectoris, a condition characterized by chest pain precipitated by oxygen deficiency in the heart muscle. Amyl nitrite is one of the oldest vasodilators (i.e., agents that expand blood vessels). The drug is useful in treating cyanide poisoning. Amyl nitrite, a clear, pale yellow liquid with a penetrating odour, is administered by inhalation and is very rapidly absorbed from the lungs. Its action is nonspecific; i.e., it affects all smooth muscles, causing them to relax. Side effects include headache, increased heart rate (tachycardia), and low blood pressure (hypotension).

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