• (RP) IPA: /ˈstɒp.ə/
  • (Australia) IPA: /ˈstɔp.ə/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈstɑ.pɚ/

stopper (plural stoppers)

  1. Agent noun of stop, someone or something that stops something.
    • 2000, Carole B. Cox, Empowering Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (page 28)
      Often, in our conversations we encourage people to talk, or we manage to stop them. This can happen without our even thinking about it. Following is a list of conversation starters and stoppers.
  2. A type of knot at the end of a rope, to prevent it from unravelling.
    Put a stopper in the knot.
  3. A bung or cork.
    We need a stopper or the boat will sink.
  4. (slang, soccer) Goalkeeper.
    He's the number one stopper in the country.
  5. (finance, slang) In the commodity futures market, someone who is long (owns) a futures contract and is demanding delivery because they want to take possession of the deliverable commodity.
    Cattle futures: spillover momentum plus evidence of a strong stopper (i.e., 96 loads demanded) should kick the opening higher.
  6. (rail transport) A train that calls at all or almost all stations between its origin and destination, including very small ones.
  7. (botany) Any of several trees of the genus Eugenia, found in Florida and the West Indies.
    • 1890, Charles Sprague Sargent, The Silva of North America: A Description of the Trees which Grow Naturally in North America Exclusive of Mexico
      Red Stopper. Leaves ovate-oblong, contracted at the apex into long points, coriaceous. Eugenia Garber
  8. (nautical) A short rope for making something fast.
  9. A playspot where water flows back on itself, creating a retentive feature.
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stopper (stoppers, present participle stoppering; past and past participle stoppered)

  1. To close a container by using a stopper.
    He tightly stoppered the decanter, thinking the expensive liqueur had been evaporating.
    The diaphragmatic spasm of his hiccup caused his epiglottis to painfully stopper his windpipe with a loud "hic".

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