noun \ˈtrap\

Definition of TRAP

:  a device for taking game or other animals; especially :  one that holds by springing shut suddenly
a :  something by which one is caught or stopped unawares; also :  a position or situation from which it is difficult or impossible to escape
b :  a football play in which a defensive player is allowed to cross the line of scrimmage and then is blocked from the side while the ballcarrier advances through the spot vacated by the defensive player
c :  the act or an instance of trapping the ball in soccer
d :  a defensive maneuver in basketball in which two defenders converge quickly on the ball handler to steal the ball or force a bad pass
a :  a device for hurling clay pigeons into the air
b :  sand trap
c :  a piece of leather or section of interwoven leather straps between the thumb and index finger of a baseball glove that forms an extension of the pocket
slang :  mouth
:  a light usually one-horse carriage with springs
:  any of various devices for preventing passage of something often while allowing other matter to proceed; especially :  a device for drains or sewers consisting of a bend or partitioned chamber in which the liquid forms a seal to prevent the passage of sewer gas
plural :  a group of percussion instruments (as a bass drum, snare drums, and cymbals) used especially in a dance or jazz band
:  an arrangement of rock strata that favors the accumulation of oil and gas
plural [speed trap] :  a measured stretch of a course over which electronic timing devices measure the speed of a vehicle (as a racing car or dragster)

Origin of TRAP

Middle English, from Old English treppe & Anglo-French trape (of Germanic origin); akin to Middle Dutch trappe trap, stair, Old English treppan to tread
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Hunting and Fishing Terms

chum, covert, creel, flense, pitfall, seine, skulk, spoor, trawl

Rhymes with TRAP



Definition of TRAP

transitive verb
a :  to catch or take in or as if in a trap :  entrap
b :  to place in a restricted position :  confine <trapped in the burning wreck>
:  to provide or set (a place) with traps
a :  stop, hold <these mountains trap rains and fogs generated over the ocean — American Guide Series: California>
b :  to separate out (as water from steam)
a :  to catch (as a baseball) immediately after a bounce
b :  to block out (a defensive football player) by means of a trap
c :  to stop and gain control of (a soccer ball) with a part of the body other than the hands or arms
intransitive verb
:  to engage in trapping animals (as for furs)
:  to make a defensive trap in basketball
trap·per noun

First Known Use of TRAP

14th century


transitive verb

Definition of TRAP

:  to adorn with or as if with trappings

Origin of TRAP

Middle English trappen, from trappe caparison, from Anglo-French trape, probably from Medieval Latin trapus cloth, by-form of Late Latin drappus
First Known Use: 14th century



Definition of TRAP

:  traprock

Origin of TRAP

Swedish trapp, from trappa stair, from Middle Low German trappe; akin to Middle Dutch trappe stair
First Known Use: 1794

Other Civil Engineering Terms

asphalt, ballast, barrage, cantilever, infrastructure, sluice
May 25, 2015
callithump Hear it
a noisy boisterous band or parade
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears