trap

1
[ trap ]
/ træp /

noun

verb (used with object), trapped, trap·ping.

verb (used without object), trapped, trap·ping.

Origin of trap

1
before 1000; Middle English trappe (noun), trappen (v.), Old English træppe (noun), cognate with Middle Dutch trappe (Dutch trap) trap, step, staircase; akin to Old English treppan to tread, German Treppe staircase

SYNONYMS FOR trap

1, 2 T rap , pitfall , snare apply to literal or figurative contrivances for deceiving and catching animals or people. Literally, a trap is a mechanical contrivance for catching animals, the main feature usually being a spring: a trap baited with cheese for mice. Figuratively, trap suggests the scheme of one person to take another by surprise and thereby gain an advantage: a trap for the unwary. A pitfall is (usually) a concealed pit arranged for the capture of large animals or of people who may fall into it; figuratively, it is any concealed danger, error, or source of disaster: to avoid the pitfalls of life. A snare is a device for entangling birds, rabbits, etc., with intent to capture; figuratively, it implies enticement and inveiglement: the temptress' snare.

Related forms

trap·like, adjective
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Examples from the Web for air-trap

  • It is, on the whole, advisable to make the pump of flint glass, or at all events the air-trap tube and the fall tubes.

    On Laboratory Arts|Richard Threlfall

British Dictionary definitions for air-trap (1 of 3)

trap

1
/ (træp) /

noun

verb traps, trapping or trapped

Derived Forms

traplike, adjective

Word Origin for trap

Old English træppe; related to Middle Low German trappe, Medieval Latin trappa

British Dictionary definitions for air-trap (2 of 3)

trap

2
/ (træp) /

noun

an obsolete word for trappings (def. 2)

verb traps, trapping or trapped

(tr often foll by out) to dress or adorn
See also traps

Word Origin for trap

C11: probably from Old French drap cloth

British Dictionary definitions for air-trap (3 of 3)

trap

3

traprock

/ (træp) /

noun

any fine-grained often columnar dark igneous rock, esp basalt
any rock in which oil or gas has accumulated

Word Origin for trap

C18: from Swedish trappa stair (from its steplike formation); see trap 1
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Idioms and Phrases with air-trap

trap


see fall into a trap; mind like a steel trap.

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