trap·​door ˈtrap-ˈdȯr How to pronounce trapdoor (audio)
: a lifting or sliding door covering an opening (as in a roof, ceiling, or floor)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The wallet has a magnetic trapdoor that keeps your cards hidden and is removable for MagSafe charging. Los Angeles Times, 2 Nov. 2022 Or is one waiting for me, behind the trapdoor of a future amnesia, as my love for the kind of intimacy that expires as rage? Sophie Lewis, Harper’s Magazine , 26 Oct. 2022 The football coach went through the backdoor at SEC headquarters during Auburn’s internal investigation, but now the trapdoor awaits. Joseph Goodman |, al, 26 Aug. 2022 Gassner built the interior of the apartment on a soundstage, including the trapdoor that Six falls through, landing in a claustrophobic brick space. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 22 July 2022 The formal dining room was formerly used as a butler’s parlor and has access to the cellars via a wooden staircase under a trapdoor. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 20 June 2022 The demon lets the hot molecules moving about the compartments pass through the trapdoor in one direction but not the other. Quanta Magazine, 26 May 2022 The only specimen ever collected of Fagilde’s trapdoor spider, in Portugal, for example, was lost in a museum fire in the nineteen-thirties. Carolyn Kormann, The New Yorker, 2 Apr. 2022 The Sanctuary will have several kinds of treehouse rooms with wild features including a spiral slide, a climbing rope, a net swing, a secret ladder and a trapdoor. Laura Begley Bloom, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of trapdoor was in the 14th century

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“Trapdoor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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trap·​door ˈtrap-ˈdō(ə)r How to pronounce trapdoor (audio)
: a lifting or sliding door covering or hiding an opening in a roof, ceiling, or floor

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