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pops

[pops] /pɒps/
adjective
1.
of or relating to a symphony orchestra specializing in popular or light classical music:
Thursday is pops night on the concert series.
noun
2.
(often initial capital letter) (used with a singular verb) a symphony orchestra specializing in popular and light classical music:
When you're in Boston be sure to hear the Pops.
Origin
1955-1960
1955-60; see pop2

pop1

[pop] /pɒp/
verb (used without object), popped, popping.
1.
to make a short, quick, explosive sound:
The cork popped.
2.
to burst open with such a sound, as chestnuts or corn in roasting.
3.
to come or go quickly, suddenly, or unexpectedly:
She popped into the kitchen to check the stove.
4.
to shoot with a firearm:
to pop at a mark.
5.
to protrude from the sockets:
The news made her eyes pop.
6.
Baseball.
  1. to hit a pop fly (often followed by up).
  2. to pop out.
verb (used with object), popped, popping.
7.
to cause to make a sudden, explosive sound.
8.
to cause to burst open with such a sound.
9.
to open suddenly or violently:
to pop the hood on a car; to pop the tab on a beer can.
10.
to put or thrust quickly, suddenly, or unexpectedly:
He popped the muffins into the oven.
11.
Informal. to cause to fire; discharge:
He popped his rifle at the bird.
12.
to shoot (usually followed by at, off, etc.):
He popped off bottles with a slingshot.
13.
British Slang. to pawn.
14.
Informal.
  1. to take or swallow (pills), especially in excess or habitually; take orally in a compulsive or addictive way:
    Popping all those pills will land him in the hospital.
  2. to eat in a continual or thoughtless manner, as snack foods:
    popping peanuts at the movies.
noun
15.
a short, quick, explosive sound.
16.
a popping.
17.
a shot with a firearm.
18.
Informal. soda pop.
19.
a drink or portion of an alcoholic beverage, as a drink of whiskey or a glass of beer:
We had a couple of pops on the way home.
20.
Baseball. pop fly.
adverb
21.
with an explosive sound:
The balloon went pop.
22.
quickly, suddenly, or unexpectedly:
Pop, the door flew open!
adjective
23.
Informal. unexpected; without prior warning or announcement:
The teacher gave us a pop quiz.
Verb phrases
24.
pop for, Slang. to pay or buy for oneself or another, especially as a gift or treat; spring for:
I'll pop for the first round of drinks.
25.
pop off, Informal.
  1. to die, especially suddenly.
  2. to depart, especially abruptly.
  3. to express oneself volubly or excitedly and sometimes irately or indiscreetly:
    He popped off about the injustice of the verdict.
26.
pop out, Baseball. to be put out by hitting a pop fly caught on the fly by a player on the opposing team.
27.
pop up, Baseball. to hit a pop fly.
Idioms
28.
a pop, Slang. each; apiece:
five orchids at $30 a pop.
29.
pop in, Informal. to visit briefly and unexpectedly; stop in; drop by:
Maybe we'll pop in after the movie.
30.
pop the question, Informal. to propose marriage:
They dated for two years before he popped the question.
Origin
1375-1425; late Middle English (noun) poppe a blow; (v.) poppen to strike; of expressive orig.
Synonyms
3. appear, burst.
Regional variation note
18. See soda pop.

pop2

[pop] /pɒp/
adjective
1.
of or relating to popular songs:
pop music; pop singers.
2.
of or relating to pop art.
3.
reflecting or aimed at the tastes of the general masses of people:
pop culture; pop novels.
noun
4.
popular music:
It's the first time she's sung pop.
5.
Origin
1860-65; shortening of popular

pop3

[pop] /pɒp/
noun, Informal.
1.
Origin
1820-30; short form of poppa

pop4

[pop] /pɒp/
noun
1.
a frozen ice or ice-cream confection on a stick.
Origin
probably shortening of Popsicle

Whiteman

[hwahyt-muh n, wahyt-] /ˈʰwaɪt mən, ˈwaɪt-/
noun
1.
Paul ("Pops") 1891–1967, U.S. orchestra conductor.
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  • The shape of the world pops out easily from laser data because they represent a direct contour map of the surrounding area.
British Dictionary definitions for pops

pop1

/pɒp/
verb pops, popping, popped
1.
to make or cause to make a light sharp explosive sound
2.
to burst open or cause to burst open with such a sound
3.
(intransitive; often foll by in, out, etc) (informal) to come (to) or go (from) rapidly or suddenly; to pay a brief or unexpected visit (to)
4.
(intransitive) (esp of the eyes) to protrude: her eyes popped with amazement
5.
to shoot or fire at (a target) with a firearm
6.
(transitive) to place or put with a sudden movement: she popped some tablets into her mouth
7.
(transitive) (informal) to pawn: he popped his watch yesterday
8.
(transitive) (slang) to take (a drug) in pill form or as an injection: pill popping
9.
pop one's clogs, See clog1 (sense 9)
10.
(informal) pop the question, to propose marriage
noun
11.
a light sharp explosive sound; crack
12.
(informal) a flavoured nonalcoholic carbonated beverage
13.
(informal) a try; attempt: have a pop at goal
14.
(informal) an instance of criticism: Townsend has had a pop at modern bands
15.
(informal) a pop, each: 30 million shares at 7 dollars a pop
adverb
16.
with a popping sound
interjection
17.
an exclamation denoting a sharp explosive sound
See also pop off, pop-up
Word Origin
C14: of imitative origin

pop2

/pɒp/
noun
1.
  1. music of general appeal, esp among young people, that originated as a distinctive genre in the 1950s. It is generally characterized by a strong rhythmic element and the use of electrical amplification
  2. (as modifier): pop music, a pop record, a pop group
2.
(informal) a piece of popular or light classical music
adjective
3.
(informal) short for popular

pop3

/pɒp/
noun
1.
an informal word for father
2.
(informal) a name used in addressing an old or middle-aged man

POP

abbreviation
1.
point of presence: a device that enables access to the internet
2.
(internet) post office protocol: a protocol which brings e-mail to and from a mail server
3.
Post Office Preferred (size of envelopes, etc)
4.
persistent organic pollutant
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Word Origin and History for pops

pop

n.

"a hit with an explosive sound," c.1400, of imitative origin. Meaning "flavored carbonated beverage" is from 1812.

A new manufactory of a nectar, between soda-water and ginger-beer, and called pop, because 'pop goes the cork' when it is drawn. [Southey, letter, 1812]
Sense of "ice cream on a stick" is from 1923 (see popsicle). Meaning "the (brief) time of a 'pop'" is from 1530s. Pop goes the weasel, a country dance, was popular 1850s in school yards, with organ grinders, at court balls, etc.

"father," 1838, chiefly American English, shortened from papa (1680s), from French papa, from Old French, a children's word, similar to Latin pappa. Form poppa is recorded from 1897.

adj.

"having popular appeal," 1926, of individual songs from many genres; 1954 as a noun, as genre of its own; abbreviation of popular; earlier as a shortened form of popular concert (1862), and often in the plural form pops. Pop art first recorded 1957, said to have been in use conversationally among Independent group of artists from late 1954. Pop culture attested from 1959, short for popular culture (attested by 1846).

v.

"cause to make a short, quick sound," mid-15c.; intransitive sense "make a short, quick sound" is from 1570s; imitative. Of eyes, "to protrude" (as if about to burst), from 1670s. Sense of "to appear or put suddenly" (often with up, off, in, etc.) is recorded from mid-15c. Baseball sense of "to hit a ball high in the air" is from 1867. To pop the question is from 1725, specific sense of "propose marriage" is from 1826. Related: Popped; popping.

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Slang definitions & phrases for pops

pop 1

noun
  1. Father; poppa (1838+)
  2. n older or elderly man •Used in informal, yet respectful, direct address: Hey, pop, slow down a bit (1889+)

pop 2

noun
  1. Flavored carbonated water; soda; soda pop (1882+)
  2. Ice cream or flavored ice on a stick; Popsicle2 (1923+)
  3. Nitromethane or any other fuel additive for cars: fuel additives called pop (1960s+ Car racing & hot rodders)
  4. A quantity of narcotics; bag: Each of them had a couple of pops on 'em (1960s+ Narcotics)
  5. The sex act; sexual activity; ass (1950s+)
  6. pop-up (1895+ Baseball)
verb
  1. To take narcotics by injection; shoot up (1950s+ Narcotics)
  2. To take pills, esp barbiturates, amphetamines, etc, and esp habitually (1960s+ Narcotics)
  3. To do the sex act with or to; jazz, screw: Well, did you pop her? (1950s+)
  4. o hit; smack: She popped him on the snoot (1386+)
  5. o shoot; kill; drill: You might avoid going to the joint, or getting popped, today's term for murder, if caught (1762+)
  6. To catch; arrest: But what I need is probable cause to pop a guy (late 1960s+)

[all senses related to pop as an echoic term for a sharp noise or a sharp blow; in the first sense, ''ginger beer,'' found by 1836]


pop 3

adjective

Popular; having a very broad audience: Tom Wolfe, the pop journalist

[1910+; found by 1862 in the senses ''a popular concert,'' ''popular music'']


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Related Abbreviations for pops

pop

popular

PoP

point of presence

POP

  1. Post Office Protocol
  2. proof of purchase
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