property

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpɹɒ.pə(ɹ).ti/
  • (US) enPR: prŏpʹərtēˌ, IPA(key): [ˈpɹɑpɚtiː]
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  • Hyphenation: prop‧erty

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English /Anglo-Norman proprete, from Middle French propreté, from Old French propriete (modern propriété), itself, from Latin proprietas, from proprius 'own'.

Noun[edit]

property (countable and uncountable, plural properties)

  1. Something that is owned.
    Leave those books alone! They are my property.
    Important types of property include real property (land), personal property (other physical possessions), and intellectual property (rights over artistic creations, inventions, etc.).
    • 1927, F. E. Penny, chapter 4, Pulling the Strings:
      A turban and loincloth soaked in blood had been found; also a staff. These properties were known to have belonged to a toddy drawer. He had disappeared.
  2. A piece of real estate, such as a parcel of land.
    There is a large house on the property.
  3. Real estate; the business of selling houses.
    He works in property as a housing consultant.
  4. The exclusive right of possessing, enjoying and disposing of a thing.
  5. An attribute or abstract quality associated with an individual, object or concept.
    Charm is his most endearing property.
  6. An attribute or abstract quality which is characteristic of a class of objects.
    Matter can have many properties, including color, mass and density.
    • 2013 July-August, Lee S. Langston, “The Adaptable Gas Turbine”, American Scientist: 
      Turbines have been around for a long time—windmills and water wheels are early examples. The name comes from the Latin turbo, meaning vortex, and thus the defining property of a turbine is that a fluid or gas turns the blades of a rotor, which is attached to a shaft that can perform useful work.
  7. (computing) An editable or read-only parameter associated with an application, component or class, or the value of such a parameter.
    You need to set the debugging property to "verbose".
  8. (usually in the plural, theater) An object used in a dramatic production.
    Costumes and scenery are distinguished from property properly speaking.
  9. (obsolete) Propriety; correctness.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Camden to this entry?)

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Verb[edit]

property (third-person singular simple present properties, present participle propertying, simple past and past participle propertied)

  1. (obsolete) To invest with properties, or qualities.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
  2. (obsolete) To make a property of; to appropriate.
    • Shakespeare
      They have here propertied me.

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