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English noun: stopper

1. stopper (communication) an act so striking or impressive that the show must be delayed until the audience quiets down

Synonymsshow-stopper, showstopper

Broader (hypernym)act, bit, number, routine, turn

2. stopper (communication) a remark to which there is no polite conversational reply

Synonymsconversation stopper

Broader (hypernym)comment, input, remark

3. stopper (artifact) (bridge) a playing card with a value sufficiently high to insure taking a trick in a particular suit

SamplesIf my partner has a spade stopper I can bid no trump.

Broader (hypernym)playing card

Domain categorybridge

4. stopper (artifact) blockage consisting of an object designed to fill a hole tightly

Synonymsplug, stopple

Broader (hypernym)block, blockage, closure, occlusion, stop, stoppage

Narrower (hyponym)bottle cork, bung, cork, drainplug, earplug, fipple, spigot, spile, tampion, tampon, tap, tompion

English verb: stopper

1. stopper (contact) close or secure with or as if with a stopper

SamplesShe stoppered the wine bottle.
The mothers stoppered their babies' mouths with pacifiers.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)plug, secure, stop up

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