trepan

2
[ trih-pan ]
/ trɪˈpæn /
Archaic.

noun

a person who ensnares or entraps others.
a stratagem; a trap.

verb (used with object), tre·panned, tre·pan·ning.

to ensnare or entrap.
to entice.
to cheat or swindle.
Also tra·pan [truh-pan] /trəˈpæn/.

Origin of trepan

2
1635–45; earlier trapan, equivalent to trap1 + -an < ?

Related forms

trep·a·na·tion, trap·a·na·tion [trep-uh-ney-shuh n] /ˌtrɛp əˈneɪ ʃən/, nountre·pan·ner, tra·pan·ner, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for trapan (1 of 3)

trapan

/ (trəˈpæn) /

verb, noun -pans, -panning or -panned

a variant spelling of trepan 1 (def. 2)

Derived Forms

trapanner, noun

British Dictionary definitions for trapan (2 of 3)

trepan

1
/ (trɪˈpæn) /

noun

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
  1. the operation of cutting a hole with such a tool
  2. the hole so produced

verb -pans, -panning or -panned (tr)

to cut (a hole or groove) with a trepan
surgery another word for trephine

Derived Forms

trepanation (ˌtrɛpəˈneɪʃən), nountrepanner, noun

Word Origin for trepan

C14: from Medieval Latin trepanum rotary saw, from Greek trupanon auger, from trupan to bore, from trupa a hole

British Dictionary definitions for trapan (3 of 3)

trepan

2

trapan (trəˈpæn)

/ (trɪˈpæn) archaic /

verb -pans, -panning or -panned (tr)

to entice, ensnare, or entrap
to swindle or cheat

noun

a person or thing that traps

Word Origin for trepan

C17: of uncertain origin
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Medicine definitions for trapan

trepan

[ trĭ-păn ]

n.

A trephine.

v.

To trephine.
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