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English

leghold trap

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

Old English træppe (in coletræppe), treppe, of uncertain ultimate origin. Cognate with French trappe, Spanish trampa.

Noun

Singular
trap

Plural
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trap ({{{1}}})
  1. A machine or other device designed to catch (and sometimes kill) animals, either by holding them in a container, or by catching hold of part of the body.
    I put down some traps in my apartment to try and deal with the mouse problem.
  2. A trick or arrangement designed to catch someone in a more general sense.
    Unfortunately she fell into the trap of confusing biology with destiny.
  3. A covering over a hole or opening; a trapdoor.
    Close the trap, would you, before someone falls and breaks their neck.
  4. A wooden instrument shaped somewhat like a shoe, used in the game of trapball; the game of trapball itself.
  5. Any device used to hold and suddenly release an object.
    They shot out of the school gates like greyhounds out of the trap.
  6. A bend, sag, or other device in a waste-pipe arranged so that the liquid contents form a seal which prevents the escape of noxious gases, but permits the flow of liquids.
  7. A place in a water pipe, pump, etc., where air accumulates for want of an outlet.
  8. (historical) A light two-wheeled carriage with springs.
    Have James prepare the trap – I wish to visit the parson.
  9. A kind of movable stepladder.
  10. (slang) A persons' mouth.
    To ask a person not to reveal any information
    Keep your trap shut.
  11. (plural) belongings
    ...his cabin-mates in Montana losing small valuables from time to time, until at last, these things having been invariably found on Mr. Twain's person or in his "trunk" (newspaper he rolled his traps in)...
  12. (slang, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A transvestite, a man that one engages in a relationship with, believing him to be a woman.
    I saw your brother asking a trap out last night at the bar!
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Verb

Infinitive
to trap

Third person singular
trapp

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to trap (third-person singular simple present trapp, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To catch in a trap or traps; as, to trap foxes.
  2. (transitive) To ensnare; to take by stratagem; to entrap.
  3. (transitive) To provide with a trap; as, to trap a drain; to trap a sewer pipe.
  4. (intransitive) To set traps for game; to make a business of trapping game; as, to trap for beaver.
  5. (intransitive) To leave suddenly, to flee.
  6. (computing) (intransitive) To capture (e.g. an error) in order to handle or process it.
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Etymology 2

From Swedish trapp, from trappa ‘stair’.

Noun

Singular
trap

Plural
-

trap (-)
  1. A dark coloured igneous rock, now used to designate any non-volcanic, non-granitic igneous rock; trap rock.

Adjective

trap (not comparable)

Positive
trap

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Of or pertaining to trap rock; as, a trap dike.

Anagrams


Dutch

Pronunciation

Noun

trap m. (plural: trappen, diminutive: trapje)

  1. stair, staircase
  2. kick
  3. bustard
  4. degree

Derived terms

Verb

trap

  1. first person singular present tense of trappen (to kick)

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