Prop Prop, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Propped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Propping}.] [Akin to LG. & D. proppen to cram, stuff, thrust into, stop, G. pfropfen, Dan. proppe, Sw. proppa; of uncertain origin, cf. G. pfropfen to graft, fr. L. propago set, layer of a plant, slip, shoot. Cf. 3d. {Prop}, {Propagate}.] To support, or prevent from falling, by placing something under or against; as, to prop up a fence or an old building; (Fig.) to sustain; to maintain; as, to prop a declining state. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Till the bright mountains prop the incumbent sky. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

For being not propp'd by ancestry. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

I prop myself upon those few supports that are left me. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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