trapdoor

or trap door

[trap-dawr, -dohr]
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or like a trapdoor.

Origin of trapdoor

First recorded in 1325–75, trapdoor is from the Middle English word trappe dore. See trap1, door
Also called drop.
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Related Words for trapdoor

postern, trapdoor, wormhole

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Historical Examples of trapdoor

  • He stepped to a corner of the room and by a ring he raised a trapdoor.

  • At this juncture, Pierre and Paul Lanier emerge from a trapdoor, cutting off escape.

    Oswald Langdon

    Carson Jay Lee

  • There was a trapdoor in the floor that was right over the river.

    Maw's Vacation

    Emerson Hough

  • The trapdoor had been left open, and I thought that was the place it came through.

    Black Beauty

    Anna Sewell

  • Again he followed, mounting by a ladder, through a trapdoor on to the roof.

    Saint's Progress

    John Galsworthy