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 Applications can be found in the Delaware State Forest Service website, in the state’s annual hunting and trapping guide, or at Brian Lovett, Outdoor Life, "Your State-by-State Spring 2021 Turkey Forecast," 8 Jan. 2021 Open trapping season for mink began Nov. 15 in Oregon. oregonlive, "Oregon mink trapped in wild tests positive for coronavirus, raising fears of ‘mutant viral strain’," 25 Dec. 2020 Though not Iñupiaq, he was raised hunting, trapping and fishing alongside his community members. Jenna Kunze, Anchorage Daily News, "Former Noorvik student selected as Rhodes Scholar credits ‘the village that lifted me up’," 5 Dec. 2020 This mantra is frequently used in response to hunting or trapping of animals that aren’t typically considered table-fare, like grizzly bears, wolves, coyotes, and other predators and furbearers. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, "Eat What You Kill...Except When You Don’t," 18 Nov. 2020 When that happened in 2011, the DNR oversaw three successive regulated hunting and trapping seasons. Star Tribune, "Gray wolf delisting glosses over need to protect other species, too," 29 Oct. 2020 More bad air days are likely before the year’s end due to cool, pollution-trapping weather that concentrates soot near the ground. Tony Barboza Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "L.A. began 2020 with a clean-air streak but ended with its worst smog in decades," 6 Dec. 2020 People use the dogs for other subsistence activities throughout the year, like trapping, hunting and harvesting firewood. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, "Yukon River mushers hurting for salmon to feed sled dogs receive thousands of pounds of donated kibble," 29 Nov. 2020 During the days after Emancipation, hunting and trapping often grew boys into men, and their efforts enabled African American families to live off the bounty of public lands. Durrell Smith, Outdoor Life, "Granddaddy’s Gun: A Restored Family Shotgun Gets a New Life Training Fine Bird Dogs," 20 Nov. 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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19 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Trapping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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