trap·ping | \ ˈtra-ping \

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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Somaliland boasts all the trappings of statehood, including a flag, a currency, diplomatic missions and a border. The Economist, "Not all borders make sense. But changing them is dangerous," 12 July 2018 As can be seen in the tour, Seaside offers all the trappings of a major mega-resort including nearly a dozen eateries and multiple bars, lounges and showrooms. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "First look: Inside MSC Cruises' new MSC Seaview, one of the world's largest cruise ships," 10 July 2018 Some consider them a nuisance and attempt trapping and other nuisance-control measures. Cheryl Conley, Houston Chronicle, "The top dog: Coyotes are interesting canines," 10 July 2018 The trappings set Lotto’s dynamic portraits apart from those of fellow Italians, who depicted their sitters’ status at the expense of their state of mind. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "A Modern Portraitist, Ahead of His Time," 6 July 2018 His campaign roll-out didn't feature props or the trappings of a political superstar. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "At 86, Joe Arpaio's Senate run worries GOP voters. His response: Age doesn’t mean anything," 6 July 2018 That’s probably how many people first became familiar with him, not through this accomplishments in the water, but the through the trappings of ‘90s fame. Hemal Jhaveri, For The Win, "How Kelly Slater took surfing out of the ocean and onto dry land," 3 July 2018 Hundreds of years of trapping and hunting red wolves in the Eastern U.S. winnowed them down until they were declared extinct in the wild in 1980. Robbie George, National Geographic, "Rule to Allow Hunting Could Doom Rare Red Wolves," 29 June 2018 Following a 2012 delisting, Wisconsin held wolf hunting and trapping seasons in 2012-'14, registering 117, 257 and 154 wolves, respectively. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: With at least 900 wolves in the state, it's time to gauge public attitudes again," 6 June 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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