Trap definition

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A light two-wheeled carriage with springs.
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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.

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(US, slang, informal, African American Vernacular) (slang) (intransitive) To sell narcotics, especially in a public area.
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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.
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Personal belongings or household goods.
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(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.
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To prevent from escaping or getting free.

Was trapped in the locked attic.

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To deceive or trick by means of a scheme or plan.
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(obs.) An ornamental covering for a horse.
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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.

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A contrivance for catching and holding animals, as a concealed pit or a clamplike device that springs shut suddenly.
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A stratagem for catching or tricking an unwary person.
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A confining or undesirable circumstance from which escape or relief is difficult.

Fell into poverty's trap.

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A trapdoor.
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(music) Percussion instruments, such as snare drums and cymbals, especially in a jazz band.
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(slang) The human mouth.
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A device that hurls clay pigeons into the air in trapshooting.
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A land hazard or bunker on a golf course; a sand trap.
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A measured length of roadway over which electronic timers register the speed of a racing vehicle, such as a dragster.
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The act of trapping a soccer ball.
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To seal off (gases) by a trap.
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To furnish with traps or a trap.
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To catch (a ball) immediately after it has hit the ground.
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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.
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To set traps for game.
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To engage in trapping furbearing animals.
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To furnish with trappings.
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Any of several dark, fine-grained igneous rocks often used in making roads.
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Any device for catching animals, as one that snaps shut tightly when stepped on, or a pitfall; gin, snare, etc.
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Any stratagem or ambush designed to catch or trick unsuspecting persons.
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Any of various devices for preventing the escape of gas, offensive odors, etc.; specif., a U-shaped or S-shaped part of a drainpipe, in which standing water seals off sewer gas.
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An apparatus for throwing disks into the air to be shot at in trapshooting.
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A light, two-wheeled carriage with springs.
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A set of drums together with various other percussion instruments, as cymbals and woodblocks, played by one person as in a jazz or dance band.
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(slang) The mouth, specif. as the organ of speech.
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To catch in or as in a trap; entrap.
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To hold back or seal off by a trap.
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To furnish with a trap or traps.
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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.
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To set traps for game.
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To trap animals, esp. for their furs.
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Any of several dark-colored, usually fine-grained, extrusive igneous rocks; esp., such a rock, as basalt, used in road making.
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A geologic structure forming a reservoir enclosing an accumulation of oil or gas.
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To cover, equip, or adorn with trappings; caparison.
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(informal, former) A person's clothes, personal belongings, etc.
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A machine or other device designed to catch (sometimes kill) animals, either by holding them in a container, or by catching hold of part of the body.

I put down some traps in my apartment to try and deal with the mouse problem.

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A trick or arrangement designed to catch someone in a more general sense; a snare.

Unfortunately she fell into the trap of confusing biology with destiny.

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A covering over a hole or opening; a trapdoor.

Close the trap, would you, before someone falls and breaks their neck.

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A wooden instrument shaped somewhat like a shoe, used in the game of trapball; the game of trapball itself.
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Any device used to hold and suddenly release an object.

They shot out of the school gates like greyhounds out of the trap.

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A bend, sag, or other device in a waste-pipe arranged so that the liquid contents form a seal which prevents the escape of noxious gases, but permits the flow of liquids.
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A place in a water pipe, pump, etc., where air accumulates for want of an outlet.
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(historical) A light two-wheeled carriage with springs.
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(slang) A person's mouth.

Keep your trap shut.

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(in the plural) Belongings.
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(slang) Cubicle (in a public toilet)

I've just laid a cable in trap 2 so I'd give it 5 minutes if I were you.

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(slang) Short for trapezius muscle in bodybuilding.
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(sports) Short for trapshooting.
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(computing) An exception generated by the processor or by an external event.
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(Australia, slang, historical) A mining license inspector during the Australian gold rush.
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(US, slang, informal, African American Vernacular) A vehicle, residential building, or sidewalk corner where drugs are manufactured, packaged, or sold.
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A kind of movable stepladder.

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To physically capture, to catch in a trap or traps, or something like a trap.

To trap foxes.

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To ensnare; to take by stratagem; to entrap.
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To provide with a trap.

To trap a drain; to trap a sewer pipe.

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(intransitive) To set traps for game; to make a business of trapping game; as, to trap for beaver.
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(intransitive) To leave suddenly, to flee.
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(computing, intransitive) To capture (e.g. an err) in order to handle or process it.
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A dark coloured igneous rock, now used to designate any non-volcanic, non-granitic igneous rock; trap rock.
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To dress with ornaments; to adorn; said especially of horses.
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(slang, informal, pejorative) A person with male genitalia who can be mistaken for a female; a convincing transvestite or transwoman.
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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.
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To catch in a trap; ensnare.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
trap
Plural:
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Origin of trap

  • Middle English trap trapping perhaps alteration of Old French drap cloth from Late Latin drappus

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Swedish trapp from trappa step from Middle Low German trappe

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old English træppe

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English trappe, from Old English træppe, treppe (“trap, snare”) (also in betræppan (“to trap”)) from Proto-Germanic *trap-. Akin to Old High German trappa, trapa (“trap, snare”), Middle Dutch trappe (“trap, snare”), Middle Low German treppe (“step, stair”) (German Treppe "step, stair"), Old English treppan (“to step, tread”) and possibly Albanian trap "raft, channel, path". Connection to "step" is "that upon which one steps". French trappe and Spanish trampa are ultimately borrowings from Germanic.

    From Wiktionary

  • Akin to Old English trappe (“trappings”), and perhaps from an Old French word of the same origin as English drab (“a kind of cloth”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Swedish trapp, from trappa (“stair”).

    From Wiktionary