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trap

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noun

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

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

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bait, ploy, quagmire, ambush, device, net, ruse, pitfall, stratagem, machination, hook, conspiracy, artifice, prank, plot, deception, temptation, decoy, snag, noose

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transvestite, transylvania, transylvanian alps, trantas dot, tranter, trap, trap car, trap cut, trap door, trap gun, trap house

Origin of trap

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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 formstrap·like, adjective

Definition for trap (2 of 4)

trap

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[ trap ]
/ træp /

noun

traps, Informal. personal belongings; baggage.

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

to furnish with or as with trappings; caparison.

Origin of trap

2
1300–50; Middle English trappe (noun), trappen (v.) < ?

Definition for trap (3 of 4)

trap

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[ trap ]
/ træp /

noun Geology.

any of various fine-grained, dark-colored igneous rocks having a more or less columnar structure, especially some form of basalt.

Origin of trap

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1785–95; < Swedish trapp, variant of trappa stair (so named from the stepped appearance of their outcrops) < Middle Low German trappe. See trap1
Also called traprock.

Definition for trap (4 of 4)

trap

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[ trap ]
/ træp /

noun Scot.

a ladder or ladderlike device used to reach a loft, attic, etc.

Origin of trap

4
1750–60; < Dutch: stepladder; see trap1
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British Dictionary definitions for trap (1 of 3)

trap

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/ (træp) /

noun

verb traps, trapping or trapped

Derived Formstraplike, adjective

Word Origin for trap

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

British Dictionary definitions for trap (2 of 3)

trap

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/ (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 trap (3 of 3)

trap

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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 trap

trap


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

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