caught in or as if in a trap or by a ruse, trick, or stratagem: Relocate any trapped rabbit at least five miles from the capture site.Early in the visit I became the trapped witness to a nasty argument between my host and his wife, which they expected me to arbitrate.
(of air, water, etc.) held or contained in an enclosed space or in another substance: Make sure the clay is pressed flat, with no trapped air bubbles.
accidentally stuck or jammed in a narrow place from which release is difficult: This excellent telescopic ladder has finger guards—no more trapped fingers when letting it down!
set with traps: We followed the track carefully through heavily trapped bush to the meeting place.
(of a drain, pipe, or the like) furnished with a device for stopping undesirable substances from flowing through: The pipes discharge wastewater into a sewer, usually through a trapped drain.
Baseball. (of a ball) caught as it hits the ground: Challenges to the umpire included a trapped ball in the outfield that nobody else thought was actually caught.
the simple past tense and past participle of trap1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023
How to use trapped in a sentence
He was able to pick apart those power plays in the third quarter because of the ineffective traps Los Angeles tried throwing onto Murray, who had dropped 20 points in the second quarter alone.When It Comes To Playoff Disappointment, The Clippers Are In A League Of Their Own | Chris Herring (email@example.com) | September 16, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
Setting traps can be a useful backup strategy for nourishment in a survival situation, and it frees up your time to accomplish other tasks.This essential survival tool can save your life 10 different ways | By Tim MacWelch/Outdoor Life | September 15, 2020 | Popular-Science
I spent the next day digging holes, setting traps, and walking the trap line.How to hunt for star-nosed moles (and their holes) | Kenneth Catania | September 15, 2020 | Popular-Science
Traps with 4VA attracted more locusts than did traps without the pheromone.A single chemical may draw lonely locusts into a hungry swarm | Jonathan Lambert | September 7, 2020 | Science News For Students
They might even be able to use those scents to bait the insects into traps.A single chemical may draw lonely locusts into a hungry swarm | Jonathan Lambert | September 7, 2020 | Science News For Students
Everybody is trapped in an elevator together and tempers run a little hot.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS | Marlow Stern | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
But when I look out over the crowd now, I also see that they are trapped—trapped by their cowardice.Random Hook-Ups or Dry Spells: Why Millennials Flunk College Dating | Ellie Schaack | January 1, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Imagine living 28 years—your whole life—trapped inside the wrong body.The Insurance Company Promised a Gender Reassignment. Then They Made a Mistake. | James Joiner | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
When I saw the fire in the restaurant, I ran down to the floor below, where I was trapped between flames above and below.‘We’re Going to Die’: Survivors Recount Greek Ferry Fire Horror | Barbie Latza Nadeau | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I was definitely concerned [about former colleagues who may have been trapped inside].
To the weakness resulting from loss of blood was added the knowledge that this time he was trapped without hope of escape.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
It was his firm belief that if he, Randulf, had been at home, they should never have trapped Jacob Worse.Skipper Worse | Alexander Lange Kielland
Fool that he had been to come to Condillac that day, and to be trapped thus in her company, a partner in her guilt.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
Whereon the man looked swiftly over his shoulder and saw that he was fairly trapped.A Prince of Cornwall | Charles W. Whistler
The arena was crowded with British and Indian cavalry, handsomely trapped in gold and red velvet.Ways of War and Peace | Delia Austrian