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 for property
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Property \Prop"er*ty\, n.; pl. Properties. [OE. proprete, OF.
     propret['e] property, F. propret['e] neatness, cleanliness,
     propri['e]t['e] property, fr. L. proprietas. See Proper,
     a., and cf. Propriety.]
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     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.
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              Property is correctly a synonym for peculiar
              quality; but it is frequently used as coextensive
              with quality in general.              --Sir W.
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     Note: 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 with the organs of taste, touch, and
           smell, or otherwise affect the living organism, as in
           the manner of medicines and poisons.
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     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.
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     3. The exclusive right of possessing, enjoying, and disposing
        of a thing; ownership; title.
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              Here I disclaim all my paternal care,
              Propinquity and property of blood.    --Shak.
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              Shall man assume a property in man?   --Wordsworth.
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     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.
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     5. pl. All the adjuncts of a play except the scenery and the
        dresses of the actors; stage requisites.
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              I will draw a bill of properties.     --Shak.
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     6. Propriety; correctness. [Obs.] --Camden.
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     Literary property. (Law) See under Literary.
     Property man, one who has charge of the "properties" of a
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Property \Prop"er*ty\, v. t.
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     1. To invest which properties, or qualities. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     2. To make a property of; to appropriate. [Obs.]
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              They have here propertied me.         --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: something owned; any tangible or intangible possession that
           is owned by someone; "that hat is my property"; "he is a
           man of property"; [syn: property, belongings,
      2: a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a
         class; "a study of the physical properties of atomic
      3: any area set aside for a particular purpose; "who owns this
         place?"; "the president was concerned about the property
         across from the White House" [syn: place, property]
      4: a construct whereby objects or individuals can be
         distinguished; "self-confidence is not an endearing property"
         [syn: property, attribute, dimension]
      5: any movable articles or objects used on the set of a play or
         movie; "before every scene he ran down his checklist of
         props" [syn: property, prop]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  259 Moby Thesaurus words for "property":
     acreage, acres, adverse possession, affection, affluence, alodium,
     aroma, assets, attribute, available means, badge, balance, banner,
     belongings, blackface, body-build, bottomless purse, brand,
     bulging purse, burgage, cachet, capital, capital goods,
     capitalization, cast, character, characteristic, characteristics,
     chattels, chattels real, claim, clown white, colony, complexion,
     composition, configuration, constituents, constitution, costume,
     crasis, cut, de facto, de jure, demesne, dependency,
     derivative title, device, dharma, diathesis, differentia,
     differential, disposition, distinctive feature, domain, dominion,
     earmark, easy circumstances, effects, embarras de richesses,
     estate, ethos, feature, fee fief, fee position, fee simple,
     fee simple absolute, fee simple conditional, fee simple defeasible,
     fee simple determinable, fee tail, feodum, feud, fiber, fiefdom,
     figure, flavor, fortune, frame, frankalmoign, free socage,
     freehold, fund, gavelkind, gear, genius, gold, grain, greasepaint,
     grist, grounds, gust, habit, hallmark, handsome fortune,
     having title to, high income, high tax bracket, hold, holding,
     holdings, honor, hue, humor, humors, idiocrasy, idiosyncrasy, ilk,
     image, impress, impression, independence, index, indicant,
     indicator, individualism, insignia, keynote, kind, knight service,
     land, landed property, lands, lay fee, lease, leasehold,
     legal claim, legal possession, lineaments, liquid assets, lot,
     lots, lucre, luxuriousness, makeup, mammon, mandate, mannerism,
     manor, mark, marking, material wealth, means, measure, messuage,
     mold, money, money to burn, moneybags, nature, note, occupancy,
     occupation, oddity, odor, opulence, opulency, original title,
     owning, paraphernalia, parcel, particularity, peculiarity, pelf,
     physique, picture, plat, plot, possessing, possession, possessions,
     possessorship, practical piece, praedium, preoccupancy,
     preoccupation, prepossession, prescription, prop, property rights,
     proprietary, proprietary rights, proprietorship, prosperity,
     prosperousness, quadrat, quality, quiddity, quirk, real estate,
     real property, realty, representation, representative, resource,
     resources, riches, richness, savor, seal, seisin, shape, sigil,
     sign, signal, signature, singularity, six-figure income, smack,
     socage, somatotype, sort, specialty, spirit, squatting, stamp,
     streak, stripe, sublease, substance, suchness, supply, sure sign,
     symptom, system, taint, tang, taste, telltale sign, temper,
     temperament, tenancy, tenantry, tendency, tenements, tenor, tenure,
     tenure in chivalry, theatrical makeup, title, toft, token, tone,
     trait, treasure, trick, type, underlease, undertenancy,
     upper bracket, usucapion, vein, villein socage, villeinhold,
     villenage, virtue, way, wealth, wealthiness, worth

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  PROPERTY, n.  Any material thing, having no particular value, that may
  be held by A against the cupidity of B.  Whatever gratifies the
  passion for possession in one and disappoints it in all others.  The
  object of man's brief rapacity and long indifference.

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