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 The work involved trapping, sedating and placing GPS collars on pumas, then following the animals' movements and behaviors. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "DNR hires Johnson for bear, wolf and cougar position," 12 July 2020 The resident was told that trapping animals is regulated by state officials, and that discharging an air rifle is prohibited in the village. Joan Rusek, cleveland, "Bullet found lodged in child’s car seat, thief takes hand cleaner: Chagrin Falls police blotter," 10 July 2020 Even though trapping doesn’t put you around people, these volunteers still had to go to these clinics to drop off and pick up cats. Cathy M. Rosenthal,, "Animals Matter: Fewer feral cats will be neutered this year because of coronavirus," 3 July 2020 Federal law allows trapping and elimination of English sparrows. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ten ways to attract and help bluebirds in Wisconsin," 25 June 2020 Unlike a heat-trapping hat, parasols won’t leave you with a sweaty mess of hair—and... Laura Neilson, WSJ, "Want to Social Distance in Style? Try a Parasol," 23 June 2020 The best trapping method is a net and a deep bucket with steep sides, according to the University of Florida. Jay Cannon, USA TODAY, "Florida tells residents to humanely kill these invasive, toxic toads that are lethal to pets," 12 June 2020 Alaska hunting and trapping organizations also praised the move. Darryl Fears,, "Trump administration to make it easier for hunters to kill Alaska bear cubs and wolf pups," 9 June 2020 As overhunting depleted the number of beaver and deer in Iroquois territory, the Iroquois attempted to wrest control of more territory for trapping and hunting. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "The story of New France: the cradle of modern Canada," 21 May 2020

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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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17 Jul 2020

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“Trapping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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