- a person who ensnares or entraps others.
- a stratagem; a trap.
- to ensnare or entrap.
- to entice.
- to cheat or swindle.
Origin of trepan2
- a variant spelling of trepan 1 (def. 2)
- surgery an instrument resembling a carpenter's brace and bit formerly used to remove circular sections of bone (esp from the skull)Compare trephine
- a tool for cutting out circular blanks or for making grooves around a fixed centre
- the operation of cutting a hole with such a tool
- the hole so produced
- to cut (a hole or groove) with a trepan
- surgery another word for trephine
- to entice, ensnare, or entrap
- to swindle or cheat
- a person or thing that traps
Word Origin and History for trapan
c.1400, from French trépaner (14c.), from Medieval Latin trepanum "a saw for cutting out small pieces of bone from the skull," from Greek trypanon, from trypan "to bore," related to trype "hole" (cf. Old Church Slavonic truplu "hollow"), from PIE root *tere- "to rub, turn" (see throw). Related: Trepanned; trepanning.
- A trephine.
- To trephine.