pop1 / päp/ • v. (popped, pop·ping) 1. [intr.] make a sudden, sharp, explosive sound: corks popped, glasses tinkled, and delicate canapés were served. ∎ [tr.] cause (something) to burst, making such a sound: they were popping balloons with darts. ∎ (of a person's ears) make a small popping sound within the head as pressure is equalized, typically because of a change of altitude. ∎ [tr.] heat (popcorn or another foodstuff) until it bursts open, making such a sound. ∎ [intr.] (of popcorn or another foodstuff) burst open in such a way. ∎ (of a person's eyes) bulge or appear to bulge when opened wide, esp. as an indication of surprise. ∎ [tr.] shoot (a gun). ∎ [tr.] shoot (something) with a gun.2. [intr.] go somewhere, typically for a short time and often without notice: she popped in to see if she could help. ∎ [tr.] put or move (something) somewhere quickly: he popped his head around the door.3. [intr.] Baseball (of a batter) hit a pop fly. ∎ [tr.] (of a pitcher) cause (a batter) to pop up.4. [tr.] inf. take or inject (a drug): people who obsessively drink and pop pills.• n. 1. a sudden sharp explosive sound: at first there were just a few pops, perhaps from pistols.2. inf. short for soda pop.3. (also pop fly or pop-up) Baseball a ball hit high in the air but not deep, providing an easy catch.4. an attempt: he grabs with a paw and hooks about two hundred berries at a pop.• adv. with a sudden explosive sound: the champagne went pop.• adj. sudden or unexpected: a pop quiz on the capitals of South America.PHRASES: —— a pop inf. costing a specified amount per item: those swimsuits she wears are $50 a pop.make someone's eyes pop (out) inf. cause great astonishment to someone.pop for something pay for something, esp. a treat for someone else: I popped for the first three tolls.pop the question inf. propose marriage.PHRASAL VERBS: pop off inf. 1. die.2. speak spontaneously and at length, typically angrily: I've been thinking about it a lot—I don't want you to imagine I'm just popping off.pop out make an out in a baseball game by hitting a pop fly that is caught.pop up1. appear or occur suddenly and unexpectedly: these memories can pop up from time to time.2. hit a baseball high into the air but not deep, providing an easy catch: in three at bats, he struck out twice and popped up.pop2 • adj. 1. of or relating to commercial popular music: a pop star a pop group. ∎ of, denoting, or relating to pop art.2. often derog. (esp. of a technical, scientific, or academic subject) made accessible to the general public; popularized: pop psychology.• n. (also pop music) commercial popular music, in particular accessible, tuneful music of a kind popular since the 1950s and sometimes contrasted with rock, soul, or other forms of popular music. ∎ dated a pop record or song.pop3 (also pops) • n. informal term for father.
POP / päp/ (also PoP) • abbr. (in computing) point of presence, denoting equipment that acts as access to the Internet. ∎ point of purchase, denoting products or promotions located adjacent to a retail checkout or cashier.