trapeze

[ tra-peez or, esp. British, truh- ]
/ træˈpiz or, esp. British, trə- /

noun

an apparatus, used in gymnastics and acrobatics, consisting of a short horizontal bar attached to the ends of two suspended ropes.
(on a small sailboat) a device by which a crew member can be suspended almost completely outboard while hiking.

Origin of trapeze

1860–65; < French, special use of trapèze trapezium
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trapeze

/ (trəˈpiːz) /

noun

a free-swinging bar attached to two ropes, used by circus acrobats, etc
a sling like a bosun's chair at one end of a line attached to the masthead of a light racing sailing boat, used in sitting out

Word Origin for trapeze

C19: from French trapèze, from New Latin; see trapezium
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