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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.]
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(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
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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
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[ˈtræpt] adjpiégé(e)
to feel trapped → se sentir piégé(e)
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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.
Native Americans across the continent trapped fur-bearing animals with pits, deadfalls, and snares, and used the furs for warmth and trade and the meat for food.
Most lobsters in ventless traps accumulated in the parlor area of traps, rather than the kitchen, and it is unlikely that they directly influenced subsequent trap entries unless there were other deterrent cues provided by trapped lobsters (e.g., olfactory cues, auditory cues).
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.
To celebrate the launch, Portal Masters also visited some of the most iconic landmarks on Earth to ensure they are safe from the villains of Skylanders; bad guys were trapped in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, in a capsule on the London Eye, up the Kampenwand mountain in Germany, below the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles and overlooking the Sydney Opera House.
Although this trapping method is featured with simplicity, its nature of static cell culture limits its possibilities to actively manipulate the trapped cells and conduct temporal stimuli.
Freshly trapped pollen is perishable and it may be dried, frozen, or mixed with other material and stored.
According to research carried out by Queen's University, Belfast, the venturi orifice designed steam traps, have been proven to be the most efficiently designed steam traps on the market providing an average reduction of 11.5% in the portion of the boiler fuel bill that is used to generate trapped steam.
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.
Also, if indeed a trap could be designed as "highly selective" for an individual fish with practically no bycatch, every overfished species could theoretically be trapped while staying within acceptable catch levels.
The beavers that were trapped (491) are not nearly the number needed to be removed from problem areas.