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.
  2. A piece of real estate, such as a parcel of land.
    There is a large house on the property.   Important types of property include real property (land), personal property (other physical possessions), and intellectual property (rights over artistic creations, inventions, etc.).
  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.
    • 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.
    Matter can have many properties, including color, mass and density.
  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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