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Meaning of property by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Alternative forms


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


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


    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 .
      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


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Explanation of property by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. any movable articles or objects used on the set of a play or movie

    2. a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class

    3. a study of the physical properties of atomic particles
    4. a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished

    5. self-confidence is not an endearing property
    6. any area set aside for a particular purpose

    7. the president was concerned about the property across from the White House
    8. something owned

    9. that hat is my property
      he is a man of property

    Definition of property by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Property n.; pl. Properties [OE. proprete, OF. propreté property, F. propreté neatness, cleanliness, propriété property, fr. L. proprietas. See Proper, a., and cf. Propriety.]

      1. That which is proper to anything; a peculiar quality of a thing; that which is inherent in a subject, or naturally essential to it; an attribute; as, “sweetness is a property of sugar”.

      Property is correctly a synonym for peculiar quality; but it is frequently used as coextensive with quality in general. Sir W. Hamilton.

      ☞ In physical science, the properties of matter are distinguished to the three following classes: 1. Physical properties, or those which result from the relations of bodies to the physical agents, light, heat, electricity, gravitation, cohesion, adhesion, etc., and which are exhibited without a change in the composition or kind of matter acted on. They are color, luster, opacity, transparency, hardness, sonorousness, density, crystalline form, solubility, capability of osmotic diffusion, vaporization, boiling, fusion, etc. 2. Chemical properties, or those which are conditioned by affinity and composition; thus, combustion, explosion, and certain solutions are reactions occasioned by chemical properties. Chemical properties are identical when there is identity of composition and structure, and change according as the composition changes. 3. Organoleptic properties, or those forming a class which can not be included in either of the other two divisions. They manifest themselves in the contact of substances wi
      th the organs of taste, touch, and smell, or otherwise affect the living organism, as in the manner of medicines and poisons.

      2. An acquired or artificial quality; that which is given by art, or bestowed by man; as, “the poem has the properties which constitute excellence”.

      3. The exclusive right of possessing, enjoying, and disposing of a thing; ownership; title.

      Here I disclaim all my paternal care,

      Propinquity and property of blood. Shak.

      Shall man assume a property in man? Wordsworth.

      4. That to which a person has a legal title, whether in his possession or not; thing owned; an estate, whether in lands, goods, or money; as, “a man of large property, or small property”.

      5. pl. All the adjuncts of a play except the scenery and the dresses of the actors; stage requisites.

      I will draw a bill of properties. Shak.

      6. Propriety; correctness. [Obs.] Camden.

      Literary property. ( Law ) See under Literary. -- Property man, one who has charge of the “properties” of a theater.

    2. Property v. t.

      1. To invest which properties, or qualities. [Obs.] Shak.

      2. To make a property of; to appropriate. [Obs.]

      They have here propertied me. Shak.