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)

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There are nearly as many uses for silk as there are species of spider (more than 45,000), yet even among silk-throwing bolas spiders, sneaky trapdoor spiders, and even electrostatically powered flying baby spiders, Hyptiotes stands out. Kenrick Vezina, National Geographic, "This spider accelerates faster than a rocket," 13 May 2019 Take a celebratory slide down trapdoor ride Scorpion’s Tail or ride the Black Anaconda water roller coaster. Travel Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Visit the Wisconsin Dells for an overnight adventure," 14 July 2019 The narrative twists and trapdoors in making Woody more cognizant of his own existence, and his wants and desires, are equal parts stress-inducing and thought-provoking for those of us who have grown attached to the pull-string cowboy. Allegra Frank, Vox, "All 21 Pixar movies, definitively ranked," 27 June 2019 The body dropped down through a trapdoor into a cellar which connected with that of the pieman. Bruce Dale, National Geographic, "Adored, neglected, and restored: A 1968 Nat Geo feature explored Notre Dame," 17 Apr. 2019 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

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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 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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