a short horizontal bar, hung at a height by two ropes, on or from which gymnasts or circus aerialists swing, performing various stunts
Origin of trapezeFrench trapèze ; from Modern Latin trapezium: see trapezium
- A short horizontal bar suspended from two parallel ropes, used for gymnastic exercises or for acrobatic stunts.
- Nautical A cable rigged to support a sailor in hiking out on a racing yacht.
- An article of women's clothing, such as a jacket, dress, or coat, that is cut so as to hang down from the shoulders and swing out and away around the hips and legs.
Origin of trapezeFrench trapèze, from Late Latin trapezium, trapezoid; see trapezium.
- (archaic) A trapezium.
- A swinging horizontal bar, suspended at each end by a rope; — used by gymnasts.
(third-person singular simple present trapezes, present participle trapezing, simple past and past participle trapezed)
- To swing on a trapeze