trapping

noun
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

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The 108-room Cap Juluca sits on Maundays Bay and features all the trappings of an island resort, including a world-class spa, infinity pools, and tropical gardens. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "7 Dreamy Memorial Day Getaway Hotels To Book Now," 13 May 2019 The shooter was generally well-regarded at the time, sure, but mostly for its comic book art style and neo-noir trappings. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Lego Star Wars returns, Ubisoft gives away Assassin's Creed: Unity after Notre Dame fire," 15 Apr. 2019 The result, though, was spectacular: the researchers were unable to detect any positron loss during the trapping process. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Technical tour-de-force traps positrons," 11 Dec. 2018 And Wiig’s anodyne lilt as Sandra perfectly captures the push and pull between the system’s algorithmic instincts and the more human trappings of its operators. Michael Andor Brodeur, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Sandra’ joins the podcast-to-screen wave," 10 May 2018 Following Kidd's dismissal in January, new coach Joe Prunty — promoted from his assistant role — didn't make wide-ranging changes to the scheme but did tone things down by employing more switching and less trapping, especially on pick-and-rolls. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "2017-'18 Milwaukee Bucks team grades," 6 May 2018 Is there anyone who seems to have more fun with fame, fashion, and all the assorted trappings that come with being a celebrity in 2018 than Rihanna? Vogue, "5 Things You Didn’t Know About Rihanna," 3 May 2018 According to these friends, Cohn enjoyed the trappings of power and the prestige of working in the White House. Joshua Green, Bloomberg.com, "Cohn Is Out, and the Verdict Is In: The Nationalists Are Back," 8 Mar. 2018 West Marin is a short drive across the Golden Gate Bridge, but the headlands separating it from the rest of the county have insulated the area from so many of the trappings of Bay Area life. San Francisco Chronicle, "One Day, One Place: Bolinas and Stinson Beach," 17 May 2018

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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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