Definitions for: Trap

[n] the act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise
[n] a hazard on a golf course
[n] a device in which something (usually an animal) can be caught and penned
[n] a light two-wheeled carriage
[n] a device to hurl clay pigeons into the air for trapshooters
[n] drain consisting of a U-shaped section of drainpipe that holds liquid and so prevents a return flow of sewer gas
[n] informal terms for the mouth
[n] something (often something deceptively attractive) that catches you unawares; "the exam was full of trap questions"; "it was all a snare and delusion"
[v] to hold fast or prevent from moving; "The child was pinned under the fallen tree"
[v] catch in or as if in a trap; "The men trap foxes"
[v] hold or catch as if in a trap; "The gaps between the teeth trap food particles"
[v] place in a confining or embarrassing position; "He was trapped in a difficult situation"

Webster (1913) Definition: Trap, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Trapped; p. pr. & vb. n.
Trapping.] [Akin to OE. trappe trappings, and perhaps from
an Old French word of the same origin as E. drab a kind of
To dress with ornaments; to adorn; -- said especially of

Steeds . . . that trapped were in steel all glittering.

To deck his hearse, and trap his tomb-black steed.

There she found her palfrey trapped In purple blazoned
with armorial gold. --Tennyson.

Trap, n. [Sw. trapp; akin to trappa stairs, Dan. trappe,
G. treppe, D. trap; -- so called because the rocks of this
class often occur in large, tabular masses, rising above one
another, like steps. See Tramp.] (Geol.)
An old term rather loosely used to designate various
dark-colored, heavy igneous rocks, including especially the
feldspathic-augitic rocks, basalt, dolerite, amygdaloid,
etc., but including also some kinds of diorite. Called also
trap rock.

Trap tufa, Trap tuff, a kind of fragmental rock made up
of fragments and earthy materials from trap rocks.

Trap, a.
Of or pertaining to trap rock; as, a trap dike.

Trap, n. [OE. trappe, AS. treppe; akin to OD. trappe,
OHG. trapo; probably fr. the root of E. tramp, as that which
is trod upon: cf. F. trappe, which is trod upon: cf. F.
trappe, which perhaps influenced the English word.]
1. A machine or contrivance that shuts suddenly, as with a
spring, used for taking game or other animals; as, a trap
for foxes.

She would weep if that she saw a mouse Caught in a
trap. --Chaucer.

2. Fig.: A snare; an ambush; a stratagem; any device by which
one may be caught unawares.

Let their table be made a snare and a trap. --Rom.
xi. 9.

God and your majesty Protect mine innocence, or I
fall into The trap is laid for me! --Shak.

3. A wooden instrument shaped somewhat like a shoe, used in
the game of trapball. It consists of a pivoted arm on one
end of which is placed the ball to be thrown into the air
by striking the other end. Also, a machine for throwing
into the air glass balls, clay pigeons, etc., to be shot

4. The game of trapball.

5. A bend, sag, or partitioned chamber, in a drain, soil
pipe, sewer, etc., arranged so that the liquid contents
form a seal which prevents passage of air or gas, but
permits the flow of liquids.

6. A place in a water pipe, pump, etc., where air accumulates
for want of an outlet.

7. A wagon, or other vehicle. [Colloq.] --Thackeray.

8. A kind of movable stepladder. --Knight.

Trap stairs, a staircase leading to a trapdoor.

Trap tree (Bot.) the jack; -- so called because it
furnishes a kind of birdlime. See 1st Jack.

Trap, v. t. [AS. treppan. See Trap a snare.]
1. To catch in a trap or traps; as, to trap foxes.

2. Fig.: To insnare; to take by stratagem; to entrap. ``I
trapped the foe.'' --Dryden.

3. To provide with a trap; as, to trap a drain; to trap a
sewer pipe. See 4th Trap, 5.

Trap, v. i.
To set traps for game; to make a business of trapping game;
as, to trap for beaver.

Synonyms: ambuscade, ambush, bunker, cakehole, ensnare, entrap, gob, hole, immobilise, immobilize, lying in wait, maw, pin, sand trap, snare, snare, trammel, yap

See Also: bait, capture, carriage, catch, confine, coup de main, decoy, design, detain, device, drain, drainpipe, dry-gulching, entanglement, equipage, flytrap, gin, gin, golf course, golf links, hazard, hold, iron trap, links, lobster pot, lure, mantrap, mechanical device, mousetrap, mouth, net, noose, oral cavity, oral fissure, pit, pitfall, plan, pound net, rattrap, rig, rima oris, snare, speed trap, surprise attack, take hold, waste pipe, web

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