\ ˈtraps How to pronounce traps (audio) \

Definition of traps

: personal belongings : luggage

Examples of traps in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The agriculture department has set up about 600 hornet traps in areas near the sightings. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, "'Murder hornet' mania: Hundreds of people think they've spotted the Asian giant hornet," 10 July 2020 Christopher Schell, an urban ecologist at the University of Washington, Tacoma, who has studied coyotes with Murray, is using camera traps in parks and other green spaces to see how carnivores are changing their behavior during the pandemic. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "At Least the Pandemic Isn’t Creating Super Rats," 8 June 2020 Now is a wonderful time to release the traps and expand our minds to a brighter world. S. Mitra Kalita, CNN, "What one of the few White 'Hamilton' cast members learned about race," 9 July 2020 The case spiralled from there, including an unusual car crash, booby traps, an intense trial, and a postcard to the Unsolved Mysteries P.O. box from the writer. Ashley Chervinski, refinery29.com, "UFOs, Creepy Letters & A Psychic Artist: Watch The Best Unsolved Mysteries Episodes Of All Time," 2 July 2020 Many were concerned about a big increase in harvests by a bait fishery in which the crabs were used to attract conch, eels and other species to traps. Doug Fraser, USA TODAY, "Horseshoe crabs may be the answer to a safe coronavirus vaccine next year. Here's why.," 16 June 2020 One of the traps’ batteries had died—a regular problem in the extreme cold. Peter Gwin, National Geographic, "Himalaya ‘ghost cats’ are finally coming into view," 16 June 2020 Jen Rutherford, a Miramar resident, caught one of the peninsula’s remaining rats in January after months of empty traps. Mara Johnson-groh, Popular Science, "New Zealand’s bold rat-control campaign sees its first wave of successes," 26 May 2020 Making matters worse, a huge fire on Pier 45 in late May destroyed a facility that housed crab traps and other fishing equipment — a major blow to the industry that gave Fisherman’s Wharf its name. Anna Kramer, SFChronicle.com, "Pandemic has Fisherman’s Wharf floundering amid hopes locals will replace absent tourists," 5 July 2020

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First Known Use of traps

1813, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for traps

Middle English trappe caparison — more at trap

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The first known use of traps was in 1813

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1 Aug 2020

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“Traps.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/traps. Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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