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n. One who stops, closes, shuts, or hinders; that which stops or obstructs; that which closes or fills a vent or hole in a vessel. (Naut.) A short piece of rope having a knot at one or both ends, with a lanyard under the knot, - used to secure something.


 - (Bot.) A name to several trees of the genus Eugenia, found in Florida and the West Indies; as, the red stopper. See Eugenia.


 - Ring stopper (Naut.), a short rope or chain passing through the anchor ring, to secure the anchor to the cathead.


 - Stopper bolt (Naut.), a large ringbolt in a ship's deck, to which the deck stoppers are hooked.


 - vb. To close or secure with a stopper.

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