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trap 1

1. A contrivance for catching and holding animals, as a concealed pit or a clamplike device that springs shut suddenly.
2. A stratagem for catching or tricking an unwary person.
3. A confining or undesirable circumstance from which escape or relief is difficult: fell into poverty's trap.
4. A device for sealing a passage against the escape of gases, especially a U-shaped or S-shaped bend in a drainpipe that prevents the return flow of sewer gas by means of a water barrier.
5. Sports
a. A device that hurls clay pigeons into the air in trapshooting.
b. A land hazard or bunker on a golf course; a sand trap.
c. traps A measured length of roadway over which electronic timers register the speed of a racing vehicle, such as a dragster.
6. Baseball See web.
7. Sports
a. A defensive strategy or play, as in basketball or hockey, in which two or more defenders converge on an offensive player shortly after the player gains possession of the ball or puck.
b. The act of trapping a soccer ball.
8. Football A running play in which the ball carrier advances through a hole in the defensive line created by allowing a defensive lineman to penetrate the backfield.
9. A light two-wheeled carriage with springs.
10. A trapdoor.
11. traps Music Percussion instruments, such as snare drums and cymbals, especially in a jazz band.
12. Slang The human mouth.
v. trapped, trap·ping, traps
1. To catch in a trap; ensnare.
2. To prevent from escaping or getting free: was trapped in the locked attic.
3. To deceive or trick by means of a scheme or plan. See Synonyms at catch.
4. To seal off (gases) by a trap.
5. To furnish with traps or a trap.
6. Sports
a. To catch (a ball) immediately after it has hit the ground.
b. To gain control of (a moving soccer ball) by allowing it to hit and bounce off a part of the body other than the arm or hand.
1. To set traps for game.
2. To engage in trapping furbearing animals.

[Middle English, from Old English træppe.]

trap 2

 (trăp) Archaic
often traps Personal belongings or household goods.
tr.v. trapped, trap·ping, traps
To furnish with trappings.

[Middle English trap, trapping, perhaps alteration of Old French drap, cloth, from Late Latin drappus.]

trap 3

Any of several dark, fine-grained igneous rocks often used in making roads.

[Swedish trapp, from trappa, step, from Middle Low German trappe.]


(of an animal) caught in a trapunable to move or escape as a result of obstructionunable to escape, as from a situationunable to be moved as a result of obstructionjammed; entangled or caught(of gas, water, or energy) prevented from escaping
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.trapped - forced to turn and face attackerstrapped - forced to turn and face attackers; "a stag at bay"; "she had me cornered between the porch and her car"; "like a trapped animal"
unfree - hampered and not free; not able to act at will


adjective caught, cornered, snared, ensnared, stuck (informal), netted, surrounded, cut off, at bay, in a tight corner, in a tight spot, with your back to the wall He froze like a trapped animal.


[ˈtræpt] adjpiégé(e)
to feel trapped → se sentir piégé(e)
References in classic literature ?
Henry of the Missouri Company, the first American who trapped upon the head-waters of the Columbia; and the frightful hardships sustained by Wilson P.
Trapped insects were placed in labeled vials with 75% alcohol, and identified.
Trap accuracy is affected by two issues, trap efficiency (Ramaswamy and Cardé 1982; Sanders 1978) and trap saturation, defined as a decrease in trap effectiveness due to the presence of trapped individuals (Houseweart et al.
Freshly trapped pollen is perishable and it may be dried, frozen, or mixed with other material and stored.
one trapline within each core treatment unit was trapped during 9-12 March and the second trapline in each unit was trapped during 17-20 March.
The beavers that were trapped (491) are not nearly the number needed to be removed from problem areas.
2 : to put or get in a place or position from which escape is not possible <Humidity trapped in the hills clung to the mountainside .
vulgaris were considered predator species that would feed on trapped small fish and in the case of conger and moray eels, also on octopus.
Climbing sticks with adhesive were checked periodically to ensure that the accumulation of trapped spiders or insects was not excessive and that there was ample exposed adhesive to maintain capture efficiency.
Bubbles are either pockets of trapped gas or vacuum voids.
Both trappers put maximum pressure on the ball but with minimum chances of fouling the trapped ball-handler.