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trap

play
noun \ ˈtrap \

Definition of trap

1 :a device for taking game or other animals; especially :one that holds by springing shut suddenly
2 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
3 a :a device for hurling clay pigeons into the air
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
4 slang :mouth
5 :a light usually one-horse carriage with springs
6 :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
7 traps plural :a group of percussion instruments (such as a bass drum, snare drums, and cymbals) used especially in a dance or jazz band
8 :an arrangement of rock strata that favors the accumulation of oil and gas
9 traps plural
[speed trap]
:a measured stretch of a course over which electronic timing devices measure the speed of a vehicle (such as a racing car or dragster)

Origin and Etymology 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

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trap

verb

Definition of trap

trapped; trapping
transitive verb
1 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
2 :to provide or set (a place) with traps
3 a :stop, hold
  • these mountains trap rains and fogs generated over the ocean
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b :to separate out (something, such as water from steam)
4 a :to catch (something, such 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
1 :to engage in trapping animals (as for furs)
2 :to make a defensive trap in basketball

trapper

noun

First Known Use of trap

14th century

Synonym Discussion of trap

catch, capture, trap, snare, entrap, ensnare, bag mean to come to possess or control by or as if by seizing. catch implies the seizing of something in motion or in flight or in hiding.
    • caught the dog as it ran by
capture suggests taking by overcoming resistance or difficulty.
    • capture an enemy stronghold
trap, snare, entrap, ensnare imply seizing by some device that holds the one caught at the mercy of the captor. trap and snare apply more commonly to physical seizing.
    • trap animals
    • snared butterflies with a net
entrap and ensnare more often are figurative.
    • entrapped the witness with a trick question
    • a sting operation that ensnared burglars
bag implies shooting down a fleeing or distant prey.
    • bagged a brace of pheasants

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trap

verb

Definition of trap

trapped; trapping
transitive verb
:to adorn with or as if with trappings

Origin and Etymology of trap

Middle English trappen, from trappe caparison, from Anglo-French trape, probably from Medieval Latin trapus cloth, by-form of Late Latin drappus


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trap

noun

Definition of trap

Origin and Etymology of trap

Swedish trapp, from trappa stair, from Middle Low German trappe; akin to Middle Dutch trappe stair

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TRAP Defined for Kids

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trap

play
noun \ ˈtrap \

Definition of trap for Students

1 :a device for catching animals
2 :something by which someone is caught or stopped by surprise
  • Police set a trap for the criminal.
3 :a light one-horse carriage with springs
4 :a device that allows something to pass through but keeps other things out
  • a trap in a drain

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trap

verb

Definition of trap for Students

trapped; trapping
1 :to catch or be caught in a trap
  • Hunters were trapping game.
  • The animal was trapped.
2 :to put or get in a place or position from which escape is not possible
  • Humidity trapped in the hills clung to the mountainside …
  • —Virginia Hamilton, M. C. Higgins

trapper

noun


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