trapdoor


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trap·door

 (trăp′dôr′)
n.
A hinged or sliding door in a floor, roof, or ceiling.

trapdoor

(ˈtræpˌdɔː)
n
1. a door or flap flush with and covering an opening, esp in a ceiling
2. the opening so covered

trap•door

(ˈtræpˈdɔr, -ˈdoʊr)

n.
1. a door flush with the surface of a floor, ceiling, or roof.
2. the opening that it covers.
[1325–75]
Translations
luukkutakaportti
References in classic literature ?
The trapdoor had been left open, and I thought that was the place it came through.
The two beds--mere shelves covered with blankets not overclean--faced each other from opposite sides of the room, the little square trapdoor that had given access to the Chinaman's grave being midway between.
In a large dining room stood the table at which Louis XIV and his mistress Madame Maintenon, and after them Louis XV, and Pompadour, had sat at their meals naked and unattended--for the table stood upon a trapdoor, which descended with it to regions below when it was necessary to replenish its dishes.
There were no stairs from the upper floor to the garret above, this ascent being made by means of a wooden ladder which De Vac pulled up after him, closing and securing the aperture, through which he climbed with his burden, by means of a heavy trapdoor equipped with thick bars.
Once, when they were passing before an open trapdoor on the stage, Raoul stopped over the dark cavity.
I was hacking at the root of a tree, when I beheld an iron ring fastened to a trapdoor of the same metal.
The gleam of the electric light flashed across the stone floor and rested for a moment upon a trapdoor, which Meekins had already stooped to lift.
They suppose that when wishes are repressed they are repressed into the 'unconscious,' and that this mysterious censor stands at the trapdoor lying between the conscious and the unconscious.
I do think THE WITCHES CURSE, an Operatic Tragedy is rather a nice thing, but I'd like to try McBETH, if we only had a trapdoor for Banquo.
Instantly the trapdoor at the top flew up, something was screamed to the driver, and the cab flew madly off down Regent Street.
She was led before his grace, and the doctor putting a finger carelessly on the ducal heart, which for convenience sake was reached by a little trapdoor in his diamond shirt, had begun to say mechanically, "Cold, qui--," when he stopped abruptly.
With a sigh of relief, but with unabated caution, he gently slid the trapdoor to one side far enough to permit him to raise his eyes above the level of the roof.