- The definition of a trap is something designed to catch a person or animal, either figuratively or literally.
- When a piece of cheese is set out to attract a mouse and then a wire snaps down to capture the mouse, this is an example of a trap.
- When a plan is hatched to catch someone in wrongdoing, this is an example of a trap.
- To trap is defined as to catch someone or something.
- When you capture an animal and he is unable to leave, this is an example of a situation where you trap an animal.
- When you set up a situation to catch someone in a lie, this is an example of a situation where you trap the person in his own lie.
- When the water in a pipe prevents the escape of offensive sewer gas odors, this is an example of how you trap odors.
trap definition by Webster's New World
- any device for catching animals, as one that snaps shut tightly when stepped on, or a pitfall; gin, snare, etc.
- any stratagem or ambush designed to catch or trick unsuspecting persons
- any of various devices for preventing the escape of gas, offensive odors, etc.; specif., a -shaped or -shaped part of a drainpipe, in which standing water seals off sewer gas
- an apparatus for throwing disks into the air to be shot at in trapshooting
- a light, two-wheeled carriage with springs
- a set of various percussion instruments, as cymbals, blocks, and bells, used with a set of drums, as in a jazz band
- these percussion instruments and the set of drums considered as a unit
- Slang the mouth, specif. as the organ of speech
- Golf sand trap
Origin: Middle English trappe ; from Old English træppe, akin to treppan, to step, German treppe, stairway ; from Indo-European an unverified form dreb-, to run, step, trip (var. of base an unverified form drā-) from source Polish drabina, ladder
- to catch in or as in a trap; entrap
- to hold back or seal off by a trap
- to furnish with a trap or traps
- ☆ to catch (a batted ball in baseball or a thrown ball in football) just as it rebounds from the ground rather than just before it strikes the ground
- to set traps for game
- ☆ to trap animals, esp. for their furs
- any of several dark-colored, usually fine-grained, extrusive igneous rocks; esp., such a rock, as basalt, used in road making
- a geologic structure forming a reservoir enclosing an accumulation of oil or gas
Origin: Swedish trapp ; from trappa, stair (akin to trap), in reference to its appearance
Origin: Middle English trappen ; from trappe, trappings ; from Old French drap, cloth: see drape
- Obsolete an ornamental covering for a horse
- Informal a person's clothes, personal belongings, etc.
trap definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A contrivance for catching and holding animals, as a concealed pit or a clamplike device that springs shut suddenly.
- A stratagem for catching or tricking an unwary person.
- A confining or undesirable circumstance from which escape or relief is difficult: fell into poverty's trap.
- A device for sealing a passage against the escape of gases, especially a U-shaped or S-shaped bend in a drainpipe that prevents the return flow of sewer gas by means of a water barrier.
- Sports a. A device that hurls clay pigeons into the air in trapshooting.b. A land hazard or bunker on a golf course; a sand trap.c. traps A measured length of roadway over which electronic timers register the speed of a racing vehicle, such as a dragster.
- Baseball See web.
- Sports a. A defensive strategy or play, as in basketball or hockey, in which two or more defenders converge on an offensive player shortly after the player gains possession of the ball or puck.b. The act of trapping a soccer ball.
- Football A running play in which the ball carrier advances through a hole in the defensive line created by allowing a defensive lineman to penetrate the backfield.
- A light two-wheeled carriage with springs.
- A trapdoor.
- traps Music Percussion instruments, such as snare drums and cymbals, especially in a jazz band.
- Slang The human mouth.
- To catch in a trap; ensnare. See Synonyms at catch.
- To prevent from escaping or getting free: was trapped in the locked attic.
- To deceive or trick by mans of a scheme or plan.
- To seal off (gases) by a trap.
- To furnish with traps or a trap.
- Sports a. To catch (a ball) immediately after it has hit the ground.b. To gain control of (a moving soccer ball) by allowing it to hit and bounce off a part of the body other than the arm or hand.
- To set traps for game.
- To engage in trapping furbearing animals.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English trǽppe.
Origin: Middle English trap, trapping, perhaps alteration of Old French drap, cloth, from Late Latin drappus.
Origin: Swedish trapp, from trappa, step, from Middle Low German trappe.
trap - Computer Definition
To respond to a particular condition in a running program; for example, to "trap an interrupt" means to wait for a particular interrupt to occur and then redirect the computer to execute an appropriate routine. An "error trap" tests for an invalid set of data. It then displays the correct error message and bypasses processing that data. A "debugging trap" looks for the execution of a particular instruction in order to immediately stop the program and analyze the status of the system at that moment.