doorstop


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doorstop

[′dȯr‚stäp]
(building construction)
A strip positioned on the doorjamb for the door to close against.

doorstop

1. A strip against which a door shuts in its frame.
2. A device placed on a wall behind a door, or mounted on the floor, to prevent opening the door too wide; also called a door bumper.

doorstop

Used to describe equipment that is non-functional and halfway expected to remain so, especially obsolete equipment kept around for political reasons or ostensibly as a backup. "When we get another Wyse-50 in here, that ADM 3 will turn into a doorstop."

Compare boat anchor.
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Four cheap inert doorstops, maybe one tenth of one percent of the weight and mass of that shaking, whirling, out-of-control machine stopped it dead.
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The doorstop for one of the exits from the avionics shop stuck up out of the ground about 4 inches.
A good editor should have taken a red pencil to this doorstop.
But the ownership theme can emerge only surreptitiously, in unconscious self-parody, as Rabbit, by hanging his wash on 'the South end' of his new doorstop, at once alludes (by denial) to the unspeakable threat of soiling, reasserts his supposed property rights, and reminds us that lands below the equator are those most susceptible to neocolonial exploitation.
This AD requires a one-time visual inspection for cracks on the attachment holes of the doorstop fitting on the aft passenger/crew doors, repair if necessary, and modification of the attachment holes.
115: a doorstop fixed to a floor to let a door open only 45 degrees, 1995.
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