Definition of stopper in English:



  • 1A plug for sealing a hole, especially in the neck of a bottle or other container.

    • ‘Marie shredded the book's pages, enclosed the shreds within gel capsules, put the capsules inside a glass druggist's bottle, and sealed the bottle with a cork stopper.’
    • ‘Their contents were sealed with tiny stoppers, protected beneath gold, silver-gilt or silver screw caps resembling sewing thimbles.’
    • ‘Flooring manufacturers get cork tissue from post-industrial materials - leftovers from the production of bottle stoppers.’
    • ‘Engraved wine glasses or bottle stoppers would nicely complement the wedding gift.’
    • ‘There were two jugs, sealed with wooden stoppers.’
    • ‘She nodded and let him have another swallow of whiskey before she took it from his unresisting fingers and shoved the stopper back into the bottle.’
    • ‘In 1999, according to government figures, bottle stoppers accounted for 71 per cent of cork exports by value.’
    • ‘Packaged in a graduated green bottle and a black stopper, this is an elegant fragrance for either women or men.’
    • ‘He began saving cork stoppers from bottles of wine drunk by his parents, then began collecting them from bars and restaurants in his home town.’
    • ‘The only real modern improvement upon the process has been in the area of storage; corks seal bottles better than fired-clay stoppers.’
    • ‘The increasing use of plastic stoppers in wine bottles is threatening the wildlife which relies upon the cork producing regions of Spain and Portugal.’
    • ‘We used to break old soda water bottles to get at the marbles which were used as stoppers in these bottles.’
    • ‘It also comes in a squat Victorian apothecary-style bottle with cork stopper.’
    • ‘The scents were kept in glass or crystal bottles with glass stoppers ornamented with silver, gold, or other metals.’
    • ‘Many parts of the Mediterranean are facing an environmental crisis as wine makers stop using traditional cork stoppers for their wine bottles.’
    • ‘One especially exciting bathroom included replicas of old bottles with genuine antique stoppers made of silver and fashioned into old-time designs.’
    • ‘The heavy dark green bottle with the marble stopper has caught the fancy of several collectors, particularly foreign tourists frequenting the beach resorts in the capital city.’
    • ‘She took the stopper out of the bottle and placed it on the small table next to the stumpy candle.’
    • ‘The range covers everything from salt shakers to duvets, wine bottle stoppers to flagpoles for your garden, bowler hats to toilet seats and rubber ducks.’
    • ‘Lillia stood up and put a glass stopper in the oil bottle.’
    cork, lid, cap, top
    plug, bung, spigot, spile
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  • 2[in combination] A person or thing that halts or obstructs a specified thing.

    [in combination] ‘a crime-stopper’
    1. 2.1(in soccer or American football) a player whose function is to block attacks on goal from the middle of the field.
      • ‘He is an excellent goal stopper and he has been known to try and take on opposing players with his amazing skills.’
      • ‘It's a shame that United couldn't find anyone to put the ball in the net, because they had one of the league's fiercest defensive stoppers.’
      • ‘The 27-year-old powerful run stopper, with decent range and speed, could need up to 10 months to rehab.’
      • ‘The defense desperately needs him to be the run stopper in the middle.’
      • ‘There shouldn't be any serious questions asked of the American stopper until he is given ample protection from his defenders.’
    2. 2.2Baseball A starting pitcher depended on to win a game or reverse a losing streak, or a relief pitcher who prevents the opposing team from scoring highly.
      • ‘Wells will be counted on to be the stopper and provide leadership for the young pitchers.’
      • ‘As the Cubs late-inning stopper in 1965, Abernathy led the majors with 84 appearances and 31 saves.’
      • ‘It's been a rocky first month for Foulke, Mariano Rivera and, for that matter, a lot of other stoppers around baseball.’
      • ‘A team's No.1 pitcher is supposed to be its stopper, and its ace often faces the opponent's top pitcher.’
      • ‘It's easy to compile a list of big league pitchers who went from stopper to plugger.’
    3. 2.3(in sailing or climbing) a rope or clamp for preventing a rope or cable from being run out.
      • ‘The old stopper goes in as it has countless times before, along with the shiny new quick draw.’
      • ‘The belay consisted of a couple of s - ty stoppers, numbers three and four, in really fractured rock.’
      • ‘Everything held firm, including the sheet stopper through which the halyard was led into the cockpit.’
      • ‘Trad climbers use friends, chocks, stoppers and other passive and active gear instead.’
      • ‘Guided by advice and encouragement from Steve, Alan placed several stoppers and small hexes.’
    4. 2.4Bridge
      ‘they established they had no spade stopper, and settled in four diamonds’
      another term for control


  • Use a stopper to seal (a bottle or other container)

    ‘a small stoppered jar’
    • ‘Yeast is dispensed into it and it is then plugged before the bottle is stoppered with the usual crown cap.’
    • ‘Place the juice in a jug, stopper the jug with a cork, and allow it to sit in a cool, dry place for eighteen to twenty-one days.’
    • ‘Modern drinkers need to remember that wine has had all the gentle oxidation it needs before it reaches the table, via the barrel and the cork the bottle has been stoppered with.’
    • ‘Experimentally, a few milliliters of a volatile liquid are placed in a stoppered flask containing a small orifice.’
    • ‘Irradiation at a low oxygen concentration was carried out in a tightly stoppered quartz cuvette purged with nitrogen.’
    • ‘I then used my rubber cork stopper to stopper the wine bottle after I'd drunk my fill.’
    • ‘Solution A keeps for about 6 months in a tightly stoppered brown glass bottle.’
    • ‘In one photograph, this table holds a wicker basket piled high with cherries; in another, a tightly stoppered glass jar in which two peaches gently float.’
    • ‘Besides there's not a lot to be said for plastic, not if it's a bottle of really good wine that you're stoppering.’
    • ‘Leaf discs in ethanol were then stored at - 80°C in stoppered test tubes prior to carbohydrate analysis.’
    • ‘I stood there puzzled for a minute or so with the tightly stoppered flask in my hand, holding it up to see what I could make of the stuff.’
    • ‘Odd clay jars, stoppered in all sorts of odd manners, sat on every perch available.’
    • ‘Amazingly I found a whisky bottle, still stoppered, with a golden liquid in it and a date of 1780.’
    • ‘She pulled out the smokebane and stoppered both jars, before continuing to mix her spell.’
    • ‘They're those silly little stoppered vials - by the time you've got the lid off, most of the perfume is scattered across the carpet.’
    • ‘If you want to save leftover wine for cooking, keep it tightly stoppered in the fridge and use within a week; when there's less than half a bottle, decant it into a smaller bottle so it has less contact with the air that makes it go off.’
    • ‘Now cork the carboys with solid rubber stoppers - no holes or airlocks - or stopper the barrel with a solid silicone bung.’
    • ‘Put your dilute acid in a tightly stoppered container, preferably one with an eye dropper.’
    • ‘She poured a measure of greenish, foul-smelling liquid from a tightly stoppered jar into the bowl and added a sprinkling of sweet scented dried herbs in as well.’
    • ‘Amazingly they still give off a heady scent, and visitors to the exhibition will be able to appreciate it anew thanks to a special perforated display case containing a handful of the tiny stoppered glass tubes.’