trapeze

noun tra·peze \ tra-ˈpēz also trə- \
|Updated on: 9 Jul 2018

Definition of trapeze

: a gymnastic or acrobatic apparatus consisting of a short horizontal bar suspended by two parallel ropes

Examples of trapeze in a Sentence

  1. performing tricks on the trapeze

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Origin and Etymology of trapeze

French trapèze, literally, trapezoid, from New Latin trapezium


TRAPEZE Defined for English Language Learners

trapeze

Definition of trapeze for English Language Learners

  • : a short bar that is hung high above the ground by two ropes and that is held by circus performers who perform athletic tricks on it


TRAPEZE Defined for Kids

trapeze

noun tra·peze \ tra-ˈpēz \

Definition of trapeze for Students

: a short horizontal bar hung from two parallel ropes and used by acrobats


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