trap·​door | \ ˈtrap-ˈdȯr \

Definition of trapdoor

: a lifting or sliding door covering an opening (as in a roof, ceiling, or floor)

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While the Jewels have since been returned to the Tower of London, the trapdoor at Windsor Castle still remains—so, perhaps, on her next trip, Queen Elizabeth can witness the little piece of history for herself. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Secret Chambers That Hid the Crown Jewels During World War II," 12 Jan. 2018 The stories are full of trapdoors, but Schutt’s craft is seamless. Julie Orringer, New York Times, "Short Stories That Travel the World From a Deliciously Off-Kilter Perspective," 22 June 2018 Sunday's visitors didn't see any secret passageways or trapdoors. Detroit Free Press, "Tour offers a peek inside Detroit's Masonic Temple," 17 June 2018 There are narrative trapdoors built in for convenience throughout the plot, sometimes literally. Monica Castillo, kansascity, "High-profile cast makes ‘Hotel Artemis’ worth checking out," 7 June 2018 Previously, researchers believed trapdoor spiders lived 25 years. Leanda Mason, National Geographic, "World’s Oldest Known Spider Dies at 43, With Lesson for Us," 30 Apr. 2018 Maybe there really is a trapdoor under one seat in Loge 22, Row A. Nestor Ramos,, "Welcome to the world of legal sports betting. Who’s ready to lose some money?," 17 May 2018 The spider, known as Number 16 to Australian scientists, was a female trapdoor tarantula living in Western Australia’s Central Wheatbelt region, Agence France-Press reports. Eli Meixler, Time, "The World's Oldest Known Spider Has Died at the Age of 43 From a Wasp Sting," 30 Apr. 2018 The average trapdoor spider can live from 5 to 20 years. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The World’s Oldest Known Spider Has Died at Age 43," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of trapdoor

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of trapdoor

: a door that covers or hides an opening in a floor or ceiling


trap·​door | \ ˈtrap-ˈdȯr \

Kids Definition of trapdoor

: a lifting or sliding door covering an opening in a floor or roof

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