from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A style of dancing that incorporates the rhythmic contraction of the dancer's muscles and pantomimed movements, usually to funk or hip-hop music.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A funk dance.
  • v. Present participle of pop.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • a. & n. from pop.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of smearing the face with white lead (ceruse).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a sharp explosive sound as from a gunshot or drawing a cork


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  • In this context, the term popping describes clustered balls or bubbles of interspersed conduit energies that abruptly pop up and down the same way corn reshapes and redefines itself when confined in a hot container.

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  • If it were, I could understand the title popping into their heads automatically.

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  • You can almost hear college basketball fans across the country do double takes when they see his name popping up in the headlines after all these years.

  • You got to keep your name popping, until others keep it popping for you.


  • An XM listener warned me that I had better pay attention to Simmonds before last season started, so it didn’t surprise me to find his name popping up on my index after one month of play.

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  • It seemed he tried to pull back and then hesitated, allowing just another moment of the contact that shocked her like a hot ember popping from a blazing fire to burn her.

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  • With Robbie Baldwin popping his cork, Normie has been forced to call in assistance, and Doc Samson is about to change the nature of the Thunderbolts dramatically by his very presence …

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  • Chris saw the vein popping out of Mike's bald head.

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  • Digger is an animated gopher that, starting with Sunday's Daytona 500, will begin popping up all over Fox's NASCAR coverage complete with his own on-air supporting cartoon cast and merchandising line.

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  • Batteries on the CT&T cars will last 30 or 60 miles, depending on the model, then be recharged at electric stations planned to begin popping up by the end of this year.

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