trap·​ping | \ ˈtra-ping How to pronounce trapping (audio) \

Definition of trapping

1 trappings plural : outward signs conventional men with all the trappings … of banality— Robert Plank
2 trappings plural : outward decoration or dress : ornamental equipment
3 : caparison sense 1 usually used in plural

Examples of trapping in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Western cultures spent thousands of years constructing the ways of commodifying and trapping time — clocks, calendars, timecards — that have come to govern global commerce. New York Times, 20 July 2021 Some states moved quickly to liberalize hunting and trapping rules. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 15 July 2021 Upper-level air trapping smoke particles could transport smoke across the entire country, missing only Alabama, Georgia, and the Florida Peninsula. Hannah Gard And Judson Jones, CNN, 15 July 2021 The animals were believed to have been restricted to the Piney Woods of East Texas because of habitat loss and trapping. Chloe Bennett, Dallas News, 8 July 2021 This is no surprise to Jim McCaughan, who has specialized in trapping and humanely relocating unwelcome wildlife in San Diego for the past 22 years. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 July 2021 The closed-cell polyethylene foam has a hexagonal 3D pattern that adds heat-trapping, comfort-inducing loft. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, 17 June 2021 At that time, 97 percent of the juvenile salmon caught by the department’s in-river trapping device were infected with the Ceratonova shasta parasite, and were either dead or would die within days. Anna V. Smith, Wired, 5 June 2021 Wisconsin had 1,136 wolves prior to the controversial hunting and trapping season last winter, according a preliminary estimate released Monday by the Department of Natural Resources. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 22 June 2021

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First Known Use of trapping

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for trapping

Middle English, from gerund of trappen — more at trap

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The first known use of trapping was in the 14th century

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30 Jul 2021

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“Trapping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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