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Princeton's WordNet

  1. trapnoun

    a device in which something (usually an animal) can be caught and penned

  2. trapnoun

    drain consisting of a U-shaped section of drainpipe that holds liquid and so prevents a return flow of sewer gas

  3. trap, snarenoun

    something (often something deceptively attractive) that catches you unawares

    "the exam was full of trap questions"; "it was all a snare and delusion"

  4. trapnoun

    a device to hurl clay pigeons into the air for trapshooters

  5. ambush, ambuscade, lying in wait, trapnoun

    the act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise

  6. trap, cakehole, hole, maw, yap, gobnoun

    informal terms for the mouth

  7. trapnoun

    a light two-wheeled carriage

  8. bunker, sand trap, trapverb

    a hazard on a golf course

  9. trap, pin downverb

    place in a confining or embarrassing position

    "He was trapped in a difficult situation"

  10. trap, entrap, snare, ensnare, trammelverb

    catch in or as if in a trap

    "The men trap foxes"

  11. trapverb

    hold or catch as if in a trap

    "The gaps between the teeth trap food particles"

  12. trap, pin, immobilize, immobiliseverb

    to hold fast or prevent from moving

    "The child was pinned under the fallen tree"


  1. trapnoun

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

  2. Etymology: trappe, from træppe (also in betræppan) from trap-. Akin to trappa, trappe, treppe (Treppe "step, stair"), treppan. Connection to "step" is "that upon which one steps". trappe and trampa are ultimately borrowings from.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. TRAPnoun

    Etymology: trappe , Saxon; trape, Fr. trappola, Italian.

    Die as thou shouldest, but do not die impatiently, and like a fox catched in a trap. Jeremy Taylor, holy living.

    The trap springs and catches the ape by the fingers. Roger L'Estrange.

    And lurking closely, in await now lay.
    How he might any in his trap betray. Edmund Spenser.

    God and your majesty
    Protect mine innocence, or I fall into
    The trap is laid for me. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    They continually laid traps to ensnare him, and made sinister interpretations of all the good he did. Edmund Calamy.

    He seems a trap for charity to lay,
    And cons by night his lesson for the day. Dryden.

    Unruly boys learn to wrangle at trap, or rook at span-farthing. John Locke, on Education.

    He that of feeble nerves and joints complains,
    From nine-pins, coits, and from trap-ball abstains. King.

  2. To Trapverb

    Etymology: trappan , Saxon.

    My brain, more busy than the lab’ring spider,
    Weaves tedious snares to trap mine enemies. William Shakespeare.

    If you require my deeds, with ambush’d arms
    I trapp’d the foe, or tir’d with false alarms. Dryden.

    The steed that bore him
    Was trapp’d with polish’d steel, all shining bright,
    And covered with th’ atchievements of the knight. Edmund Spenser.

    To spoil the dead of weed is sacrilege:
    But leave these reliques of his living might
    To deck his hearse and trap his tomb black steed. Fa. Qu.

    Lord Lucius presented to you four milk-white horses trapt in silver. William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens.


  1. Trap

    Trap is a song by Colombian singer Shakira released as the fourth official single from El Dorado on 26 January 2018. The track features Colombian singer Maluma, who had previously worked with Shakira on "Chantaje", the lead single of El Dorado and the remix of Shakira and Carlos Vives' single "La Bicicleta", also included on El Dorado.


  1. trap

    A trap is a device or setup that is intended to catch, deceive, or harm individuals or animals as a means of control or prevention. It can also refer to a situation where one is tricked or coerced into a potentially harmful circumstance.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Trapverb

    to dress with ornaments; to adorn; -- said especially of horses

  2. Trapnoun

    an old term rather loosely used to designate various dark-colored, heavy igneous rocks, including especially the feldspathic-augitic rocks, basalt, dolerite, amygdaloid, etc., but including also some kinds of diorite. Called also trap rock

  3. Trapadjective

    of or pertaining to trap rock; as, a trap dike

  4. Trapnoun

    a machine or contrivance that shuts suddenly, as with a spring, used for taking game or other animals; as, a trap for foxes

  5. Trapnoun

    fig.: A snare; an ambush; a stratagem; any device by which one may be caught unawares

  6. Trapnoun

    a wooden instrument shaped somewhat like a shoe, used in the game of trapball. It consists of a pivoted arm on one end of which is placed the ball to be thrown into the air by striking the other end. Also, a machine for throwing into the air glass balls, clay pigeons, etc., to be shot at

  7. Trapnoun

    the game of trapball

  8. Trapnoun

    a bend, sag, or partitioned chamber, in a drain, soil pipe, sewer, etc., arranged so that the liquid contents form a seal which prevents passage of air or gas, but permits the flow of liquids

  9. Trapnoun

    a place in a water pipe, pump, etc., where air accumulates for want of an outlet

  10. Trapnoun

    a wagon, or other vehicle

  11. Trapnoun

    a kind of movable stepladder

  12. Trapverb

    to catch in a trap or traps; as, to trap foxes

  13. Trapverb

    fig.: To insnare; to take by stratagem; to entrap

  14. Trapverb

    to provide with a trap; as, to trap a drain; to trap a sewer pipe. See 4th Trap, 5

  15. Trapverb

    to set traps for game; to make a business of trapping game; as, to trap for beaver


  1. Trap

    Trap is the second studio album of the Belgian rock band Dead Man Ray. It was released in 2000.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Trap

    trap, n. an instrument for snaring animals: an ambush: a stratagem: a contrivance for hindering the passage of foul air from a waste-pipe, &c.: a trap-door: any rickety structure: a carriage, a vehicle: (slang) a policeman.—v.t. to catch in a trap:—pr.p. trap′ping; pa.t. and pa.p. trapped.—ns. Trap′-ball, an old game played with a ball or bat and trap; Trap′-door, a door in a floor shutting like the catch of a trap; Trap′-fall, a trap-door which gives way beneath the feet; Trap′per, one who traps animals for their fur, &c.; Trap′piness, the state of being trappy or unsafe; Trap′ping; Trap′-stair, a stair or kind of ladder surmounted by a trap-door.—adj. Trap′py, treacherous. [A.S. træppe; cog. with Old High Ger. trapa, a snare (whence Fr. trappe, by which the Eng. word has been modified).]

  2. Trap

    trap, n. a term loosely applied to many rocks of volcanic origin, so called because lying often in steps or terraces.—adjs. Trap′pēan, Trap′pous, Trap′py.—ns. Trap′-tū′fa, -tuff, a variety of tufa consisting of the detrital matter of trap-rock. [Sw. trapptrappa, a stair.]

  3. Trap

    trap, v.t. to drape or adorn with gay clothes: to ornament:—pr.p. trap′ping; pa.t. and pa.p. trapped.—n. a horse-cloth: (pl.) one's personal belongings, luggage.—n.pl. Trap′pings, gay clothes: ornaments, esp. those put on horses. [Fr. drap—Low L. drappus, cloth; cf. Drab, Drape.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. trap

    1. n. A program interrupt, usually an interrupt caused by some exceptional situation in the user program. In most cases, the OS performs some action, then returns control to the program. 2. vi. To cause a trap. “These instructions trap to the monitor.” Also used transitively to indicate the cause of the trap. “The monitor traps all input/output instructions.”This term is associated with assembler programming (interrupt or exception is more common among HLL programmers) and appears to be fading into history among programmers as the role of assembler continues to shrink. However, it is still important to computer architects and systems hackers (see system, sense 1), who use it to distinguish deterministically repeatable exceptions from timing-dependent ones (such as I/O interrupts).

Rap Dictionary

  1. trapverb

    to sell drugs. a trap is a drug house that has all the windows and doors(besides main entrance) boarded, making it a TRAP

Suggested Resources

  1. TRAP

    What does TRAP stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the TRAP acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'trap' in Nouns Frequency: #2063

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'trap' in Verbs Frequency: #712

Anagrams for trap »

  1. prat

  2. rapt

  3. part

  4. tarp

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of trap in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of trap in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of trap in a Sentence

  1. Kathy Iandoli:

    You have something like trap soul now, or trap RB, or even rappers who just sing over hip hop and electronic beats.

  2. Regina Revazova:

    Vladimir Putin is, right now, in a trap, he is in a trap that he's been carefully building to stay in power since early 2000s when he first went after media, when he… went after business people, business world of Russia; and then the last part was his opposition within the country.

  3. Dorothy Parker:

    Trapped, like a trap in a trap.

  4. Donald Trump:

    -- a move that his lawyer, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, has long insisted is the main reason why the President shouldn't even consider sitting down with Robert Mueller. But what President Donald Trump is describing above isn't a perjury trap at all.Read MoreLet's define the term first : A perjury trap is when a prosecutor asks questions of a witness knowing that witness will lie. In order to lure someone into a perjury trap, you have to know two things beyond any doubt : 1) The facts behind the question and 2) That the person you are asking the question of is going to lie about the facts.It's not at all clear that's what would be going on with a Mueller-Trump sit-down -- on matters related to Comey or anything else. And in fact, the scenario President Donald Trump lays out isn't even close to a perjury trap. Instead it's a.

  5. Paul Beatty:

    If all the world's a stage, I want to operate the trap door.

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  • فَخٌArabic
  • léčka, pastCzech
  • Falltür, Falle, Siphon, Klappe, Fallgrube, Fallen stellen, fangenGerman
  • σιφώνι, παγίδα, δόκανο, παγιδεύω, στήνω παγίδεςGreek
  • trampa, cepo, sifón, atraparSpanish
  • lõks, püünisEstonian
  • تله, دامهPersian
  • luukku, turpa, ansa, heitin, pesä, loukku, koppi, hajulukko, tavarat, vesilukko, tikkaat, ansoittaa, [[pyytää]] [[ansoilla]], häipyä, paikallistaa, ansastaa, [[asentaa]] [[hajulukko]], [[ajaa]] [[ansaFinnish
  • siphon, collet, souricière, charrette anglaise, traquenard, piège, trappe, gueule, piéger, attraper, intercepterFrench
  • dolIrish
  • ribe, ribScottish Gaelic
  • csapdaHungarian
  • ծուղակ, որոգայթ, թակարդArmenian
  • trappola, tranello, intrappolareItalian
  • Japanese
  • ხაფანგიGeorgian
  • ته‌ڵه‌Kurdish
  • spąstaiLithuanian
  • slazds, murds, lamatasLatvian
  • pehipehi, tarapu, tāroreMāori
  • стапицаMacedonian
  • jeratMalay
  • waterslot, val, klep, zwanenhals, vangenDutch
  • felleNorwegian
  • beeʼódleehíNavajo, Navaho
  • trap, syfon, zasadzka, potrzask, pułapka, gęba, dwukółka, klapa, łapaćPolish
  • alçapão, armadilha, sifão, cilada, arapucaPortuguese
  • capcanăRomanian
  • капкан, ловушка, люк, сифон, западня, силокRussian
  • fällaSwedish
  • mtego, tegaSwahili

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