- an apparatus, used in gymnastics and acrobatics, consisting of a short horizontal bar attached to the ends of two suspended ropes.
- (on a small sailboat) a device by which a crew member can be suspended almost completely outboard while hiking.
Origin of trapeze
Examples from the Web for trapeze
Freed from her guitar, but wearing counterintuitive pumps, she leaned back like a trapeze artist.Is Bigger Better for St. Vincent?
December 4, 2014
Trapeze artists and those shot out of cannonballs would fall to their death.We’re All Carnies Now: Why We Can’t Quit the Circus
November 27, 2014
For a hot minute, we had Mayor Bloomberg in a trapeze, but we lost him.Oscars Host Neil Patrick Harris on His Best and Worst Emcee Moments (VIDEO)
Neil Patrick Harris
October 15, 2014
Trapeze tragedy The St. Louis Trapeze Incident occurred in 1872.Thrills and Too Many Spills: The Dangers of the Circus
May 5, 2014
Whether he is insinuating himself into a juggling routine or flubbing a trapeze act, he clearly has those skills in his toolkit.Giovanni Zoppé’s Real-Life Family Circus
October 21, 2012
The soldier tried to get up to me by means of the trapeze and the gymnasium rope.My Double Life
Then you don't think any the worse of me because I am a trapeze performer.
"I was glad of the chance to see what I could do on the trapeze," he said.
But he was bound to relieve his feelings somehow, and the trapeze was just what he wanted.Tom, Dick and Harry
Talbot Baines Reed
She was fond of daring feats on the trapeze, and had to be checked in her indulgence in them.A Mortal Antipathy
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
- a free-swinging bar attached to two ropes, used by circus acrobats, etc
- a sling like a bosun's chair at one end of a line attached to the masthead of a light racing sailing boat, used in sitting out
Word Origin and History for trapeze
1861, from French trapèze, from Late Latin trapezium (see trapezium), probably because the crossbar, the ropes and the ceiling formed a trapezium.