trap·​door | \ ˈtrap-ˈdȯr How to pronounce trapdoor (audio) \

Definition of trapdoor

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

Examples of trapdoor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lisa finds the chaise longue said to be made from mother jaguar beneath the trapdoor in her bedroom. Shannon Carlin, Vulture, 31 Aug. 2021 Think of it as a mysterious trapdoor that leads to wonders beyond. Los Angeles Times, 14 Aug. 2021 Alas, whatever Cream meant to say next is lost because at that moment the scaffold’s trapdoor opened. Washington Post, 11 Aug. 2021 At the other, is a trapdoor into lower leagues and a financial insecurity that few owners ever recover from. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, 16 May 2021 The zoo sent the data to Godwin, who has been studying trapdoor spiders for almost a decade. Christina Zdanowicz, CNN, 3 May 2021 There are other species of trapdoor spiders, mostly found in the southwest U.S. Chris Perkins,, 19 Apr. 2021 The all-in-one design means there are no cables on show and a discreet trapdoor hides the controls for selecting sources and adjusting settings. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 Most of the hundreds of deals contain language that restricts sponsors from selling shares for only a year from the day the deal is completed, and many include a trapdoor. New York Times, 31 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of trapdoor

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Trapdoor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce trapdoor (audio) \

Kids Definition of trapdoor

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

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