trapdoor

noun
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 Still, as Worthen noted, Shakespeare’s company took advantage of available theatrical technologies, like a trapdoor and the occasional cannon. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Is This a Livestream I See Before Me?," 13 May 2020 Trump the Man might be crude and venal, but Trump the Spirit had opened a trapdoor in history. Thomas Meaneeey, Harper's Magazine, "Trumpism After Trump," 30 Mar. 2020 Trump the Man might be crude and venal, but Trump the Spirit had opened a trapdoor in history. Thomas Meaneeey, Harper's Magazine, "Trumpism After Trump," 30 Mar. 2020 Trump the Man might be crude and venal, but Trump the Spirit had opened a trapdoor in history. Thomas Meaneeey, Harper's Magazine, "Trumpism After Trump," 30 Mar. 2020 Trump the Man might be crude and venal, but Trump the Spirit had opened a trapdoor in history. Thomas Meaneeey, Harper's Magazine, "Trumpism After Trump," 30 Mar. 2020 There's only one way in and out of this metal behemoth; that path requires climbing up a narrow ladder that ascends sharply into the scoreboard's solitary trapdoor. Adeline Chen, CNN, "Scorekeeper secrets: How Wrigley Field's historic scoreboard has seen it all," 27 Dec. 2019 Bursting onto the scene Roger, a stowaway on Blackbeard’s ship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, at one point comes popping up out of a trapdoor. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, "Take an inside look at how Signature Theatre’s ‘Blackbeard’ got its ship together," 26 June 2019 There are species of trapdoor spider and Puerto Rican water mite named in honor of, respectively, Barack Obama and Jennifer Lopez. Henry Hitchings, WSJ, "‘Charles Darwin’s Barnacle and David Bowie’s Spider’ Review: The Smile of Linnaeus," 26 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of trapdoor

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Trapdoor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trapdoor. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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trapdoor

noun
How to pronounce trapdoor (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of trapdoor

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

trapdoor

noun
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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