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1 a device in which something (usually an animal) can be caught and penned
2 drain consisting of a U-shaped section of drainpipe that holds liquid and so prevents a return flow of sewer gas
3 something (often something deceptively attractive) that catches you unawares; "the exam was full of trap questions"; "it was all a snare and delusion" [syn: snare]
4 a device to hurl clay pigeons into the air for trapshooters
5 the act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise [syn: ambush, ambuscade, lying in wait]
6 informal terms for the mouth [syn: cakehole, hole, maw, yap, gob]
7 a light two-wheeled carriage
8 a hazard on a golf course [syn: bunker, sand trap]


1 place in a confining or embarrassing position; "He was trapped in a difficult situation"
2 catch in or as if in a trap; "The men trap foxes" [syn: entrap, snare, ensnare, trammel]
3 hold or catch as if in a trap; "The gaps between the teeth trap food particles"
4 to hold fast or prevent from moving; "The child was pinned under the fallen tree" [syn: pin, immobilize, immobilise] [also: trapping, trapped]trapping n : stable gear consisting of a decorated covering for a horse, especially (formerly) for a warhorse [syn: caparison, trappings, housing, housings]trapping See trap

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Etymology 1

From trap.


  1. present participle of trap


  1. An instance of ensnaring something or someone.

Etymology 2


  1. An ornamental covering or harness for a horse; caparison.

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