Definitions of props

  1. A game of chance, in which four sea shells, each called a prop, are used instead of dice.

Usage examples for props

  1. The announcement that ministers were determined to cling to a system whose rotting props had been for years falling away, astonished and inflamed the Opposition. – Sketches of Reforms and Reformers, of Great Britain and Ireland by Henry B. Stanton
  2. It was a well- contrived trap- boards covered with earth- a surface supported by props which had been pulled away by ropes. – Joan of Arc of the North Woods by Holman Day
  3. They crushed my ship, which with props I had secured, with iron clubs threatened me, and drove away Thialfi. – The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson by Saemund Sigfusson and Snorre Sturleson
  4. And haven't those shafts got props and stays down the side?" – The Chestermarke Instinct by J. S. Fletcher
  5. Besides this, little props of burned clay are used to hold the dishes up and keep them from touching one another. – Makers of Many Things by Eva March Tappan
  6. At breakfast, every one has a newspaper, which he props before him and reads, generally aloud. – The First Hundred Thousand by Ian Hay
  7. Thus in Figure 59, representing a section at Wallsend, Newcastle, the galleries which have been excavated are represented by the white spaces a, b, while the adjoining dark portions are parts of the original coal seam left as props, beds of sandy clay or shale constituting the floor of the mine. – The Student's Elements of Geology by Sir Charles Lyell
  8. In front, moreover, there must have been a balcony of wood, sustained by beams and props. – Castles and Cave Dwellings of Europe by Sabine Baring-Gould
  9. I was for lying in wait outside; but Tim pointed out that the tunnel entrance was well down in the boulders, that even the sharpest outlook could not be sure of detecting an approach through the shadows, and that from the shelter of the roof props and against the light we should be able to hold off a large force almost indefinitely. – The Killer by Stewart Edward White
  10. But when you pull out one set of props the whole thing will come down. – The Honorable Senator Sage-Brush by Francis Lynde
  11. Her great soul, clothed with so weak a flesh, showed her the multiplied commandments of Catholicism as so many stones placed for protection along the precipices of life, so many props brought by charitable hands to sustain human weakness on its weary way; and she followed, with greater rigor than ever, even the smallest religious practices. – The Village Rector by Honore de Balzac
  12. Returning with his old- world ideas, he would wonder how life and property had survived the removal of their time- honoured props, or how, when all fear of punishment had been removed from the press, Church and State were still where he had left them. – Books Condemned to be Burnt by James Anson Farrer
  13. What, I beseech you, are the props of your 'honest' exertion,- the profits of 'trade'? – Paul Clifford, Volume 7. by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  14. The sides of the decrepit structure bulged outward and were prevented from bursting by timber props radiating on all sides like the legs of a centipede. – "And they thought we wouldn't fight" by Floyd Gibbons
  15. Niccola, however, caused a piece to be cut out of one of the sides of the tower and closed the gap with wooden supports, a braccia and a half long, he then set fire to the props, and so soon as these were consumed the tower fell down and was totally destroyed. – The Lives of the Painters, Sculptors & Architects, Volume 1 (of 8) by Giorgio Vasari
  16. Node swore he would inform Alex Smith the next time he went by Jacob's store that Alfred was stealing his clothes props, " And you know what that red- headed son- of- a- gun will do to you," threatened Node, as he shook his finger at Alfred. – Watch Yourself Go By by Al. G. Field