doorstopper

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

door +‎ stopper

Noun[edit]

doorstopper (plural doorstoppers)

  1. A doorstop: a device for halting the motion of a door.
  2. (humorous) A large book, which by implication could be used to stop a door.
    • 2018, Joe Humphreys, Enlightenment Now: A Manifesto for Science, Reason, Humanism and Progress by Stephen Pinker review [1],
      So Steven Pinker is stretching the genre with his 450-page doorstopper Enlightenment Now: A Manifesto for Science, Reason, Humanism and Progress.
  3. A gauge used in geophysics.