[fahyuh r-trap]


a building that, because of its age, material, structure, or the like, is especially dangerous in case of fire.
(in a building) any arrangement of structural, flooring, and finish members creating concealed passages through which fire can spread to other parts of the building.

Origin of firetrap

First recorded in 1880–85; fire + trap1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of firetrap

  • Stan wanted to ask that Jerry a few questions, and the Jerry had to be rescued from his firetrap or he couldn't do it.

    A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F.

    Rutherford G. Montgomery

British Dictionary definitions for firetrap



a building that would burn easily or one without fire escapes
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