WORD ORIGIN 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.
tra·pan . [tr uh- pan] /trəˈpæn/ Origin of trepan 2 1635–45;
Related forms trep·a·na·tion, trap·a·na·tion , [trep- uh- ney-sh uh n] /ˌtrɛp əˈneɪ ʃən/ noun tre·pan·ner, tra·pan·ner, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for trapan verb, noun -pans, -panning or -panned Derived Forms trapanner, noun 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 the operation of cutting a hole with such a tool the hole so produced verb -pans, -panning or -panned (tr) to cut (a hole or groove) with a trepan Derived Forms trepanation ( ˌtrɛpəˈneɪʃən), noun trepanner, noun Word Origin for trepan
C14: from Medieval Latin
trepanum rotary saw, from Greek trupanon auger, from trupan to bore, from trupa a hole 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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Word Origin and History for trapan v.
c.1400, from French
trépaner (14c.), from Medieval Latin trepanum "a saw for cutting out small pieces of bone from the skull," from Greek trypanon, from trypan "to bore," related to trype "hole" (cf. Old Church Slavonic truplu "hollow"), from PIE root *tere- "to rub, turn" (see throw). Related: Trepanned; trepanning.
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