Definition of stopper in US English:



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

    • ‘Flooring manufacturers get cork tissue from post-industrial materials - leftovers from the production of bottle stoppers.’
    • ‘Their contents were sealed with tiny stoppers, protected beneath gold, silver-gilt or silver screw caps resembling sewing thimbles.’
    • ‘One especially exciting bathroom included replicas of old bottles with genuine antique stoppers made of silver and fashioned into old-time designs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Packaged in a graduated green bottle and a black stopper, this is an elegant fragrance for either women or men.’
    • ‘We used to break old soda water bottles to get at the marbles which were used as stoppers in these bottles.’
    • ‘Lillia stood up and put a glass stopper in the oil bottle.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It also comes in a squat Victorian apothecary-style bottle with cork stopper.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The increasing use of plastic stoppers in wine bottles is threatening the wildlife which relies upon the cork producing regions of Spain and Portugal.’
    • ‘In 1999, according to government figures, bottle stoppers accounted for 71 per cent of cork exports by value.’
    • ‘There were two jugs, sealed with wooden stoppers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Engraved wine glasses or bottle stoppers would nicely complement the wedding gift.’
    • ‘The only real modern improvement upon the process has been in the area of storage; corks seal bottles better than fired-clay stoppers.’
    cork, lid, cap, top
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  • 2in combination A person or thing that halts or obstructs a specified thing.

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


usually as adjective stoppered
  • Use a stopper to seal (a bottle or other container)

    ‘a small stoppered jar’
    • ‘Experimentally, a few milliliters of a volatile liquid are placed in a stoppered flask containing a small orifice.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now cork the carboys with solid rubber stoppers - no holes or airlocks - or stopper the barrel with a solid silicone bung.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Odd clay jars, stoppered in all sorts of odd manners, sat on every perch available.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Irradiation at a low oxygen concentration was carried out in a tightly stoppered quartz cuvette purged with nitrogen.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Solution A keeps for about 6 months in a tightly stoppered brown glass bottle.’
    • ‘Leaf discs in ethanol were then stored at - 80°C in stoppered test tubes prior to carbohydrate analysis.’
    • ‘Yeast is dispensed into it and it is then plugged before the bottle is stoppered with the usual crown cap.’
    • ‘Amazingly I found a whisky bottle, still stoppered, with a golden liquid in it and a date of 1780.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I then used my rubber cork stopper to stopper the wine bottle after I'd drunk my fill.’
    • ‘Put your dilute acid in a tightly stoppered container, preferably one with an eye dropper.’
    • ‘She pulled out the smokebane and stoppered both jars, before continuing to mix her spell.’
    stop up, seal up, make airtight, make watertight, close, shut, cork, stopper, stop, plug, block, block up, bung up, clog, clog up, choke, occlude, fill
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  • put a (or the) stopper on

    • informal Prevent from happening or continuing.

      • ‘He notes that the volatility of oil prices as feedstock has had a negative impact on petrochemical companies, affecting their cash flow and putting a stopper on major projects.’
      • ‘This will put a stopper on rumours about him being ‘inspired’ by the film.’
      • ‘Then putting a stopper on my joy came the realization of how stupid I had been, allowing my emotions to cloud my judgement.’
      • ‘This put a stopper on my ability to full appreciate the set, but the parts of it that I followed in a fully conscious state I enjoyed and couldn't wait to get onto the next song.’
      bring to an end, halt, put an end to, end, bring to a stop, bring to a halt
      thwart, baulk, foil, frustrate, stand in the way of, forestall
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