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TRAP, n.

1. An engine that shuts suddenly or with a spring, used for taking game; as a trap for foxes. A trap is a very different thing from a snare; though the latter word may be used in a figurative sense for a trap.

2. An engine for catching men. [Not used in the U. States.]

3. An ambush; a stratagem; any device by which men or other animals may be caught unawares.

Let their table be made a snare and a trap. Rom.11.

4. A play in which a ball is driven with a stick.

TRAP, n. In mineralogy, a name given to rocks characterized by a columnar form, or whose strata or beds have the form of steps or a series of stairs. Kirwan gives this name to two families of basalt. It is now employed to designate a rock or aggregate in which hornblend predominates, but it conveys no definite idea of any one species; and under this term are comprehended hornblend, hornblend slate, greenstone, greenstone slate, amygdaloid, basalt, wacky, clinkstone porphyry, and perhaps hypersthene rock, augite rock, and some varieties of sienite.

TRAP, v.t. To catch in a trap; as, to trap foxes or beaver.

1. To ensnare; to take by stratagem.

I trapp'd the foe.

2. To adorn; to dress with ornaments. [See Trappings.] [the verb is little used.]

TRAP, v.i. To set traps for game; as, to trap for beaver.




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TRAP, n.

1. An engine that shuts suddenly or with a spring, used for taking game; as a trap for foxes. A trap is a very different thing from a snare; though the latter word may be used in a figurative sense for a trap.

2. An engine for catching men. [Not used in the U. States.]

3. An ambush; a stratagem; any device by which men or other animals may be caught unawares.

Let their table be made a snare and a trap. Rom.11.

4. A play in which a ball is driven with a stick.

TRAP, n. In mineralogy, a name given to rocks characterized by a columnar form, or whose strata or beds have the form of steps or a series of stairs. Kirwan gives this name to two families of basalt. It is now employed to designate a rock or aggregate in which hornblend predominates, but it conveys no definite idea of any one species; and under this term are comprehended hornblend, hornblend slate, greenstone, greenstone slate, amygdaloid, basalt, wacky, clinkstone porphyry, and perhaps hypersthene rock, augite rock, and some varieties of sienite.

TRAP, v.t. To catch in a trap; as, to trap foxes or beaver.

1. To ensnare; to take by stratagem.

I trapp'd the foe.

2. To adorn; to dress with ornaments. [See Trappings.] [the verb is little used.]

TRAP, v.i. To set traps for game; as, to trap for beaver.


TRAP, n.1 [Sax. trapp, trepp; Fr. trape; It. trapola; Sp. trampa.]

  1. An engine that shuts suddenly or with a spring, used for taking game; as, a trap for foxes. A trap is a very different thing from a snare; though the latter word may be used in a figurative sense for a trap.
  2. An engine for catching men. [Not used in the United States.]
  3. An ambush; a stratagem; any device by which men or other animals may be caught unawares. Let their table be made a snare and a trap. Rom. xi.
  4. A play in which a ball is driven with a stick.

TRAP, n.2 [Sw. trappa, Dan. trappe, a stair or stairs.]

In mineralogy, a name given to rocks characterized by a columnar form, or whose strata or beds have the form of steps or a series of stairs. Kirwan gives this name to two families of basalt. It is now employed to designate a rock or aggregate in which hornblend predominates, but it conveys no definite idea of any one species; and under this term are comprehended hornblend, hornblend slate, greenstone, greenstone slate, amygdaloid, basalt, wacky, clinkstone, porphyry, and perhaps hypersthene rock, augite rock, and some varieties of sienite. Cleaveland.


TRAP, v.i.

To set traps for game; as, to trap for beaver.


TRAP, v.t.

  1. To catch in a trap; as, to trap foxes or beaver.
  2. To insnare; to take by stratagem. I trapp'd the foe. Dryden.
  3. To adorn; to dress with ornaments. [See Trappings.] [The verb is little used.] Spenser.

Trap
  1. To dress with ornaments] to adorn; -- said especially of horses.

    Steeds . . . that trapped were in steel all glittering. Chaucer.

    To deck his hearse, and trap his tomb-black steed. Spenser.

    There she found her palfrey trapped
    In purple blazoned with armorial gold.
    Tennyson.

  2. 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.

    Trap tufa, Trap tuff, a kind of fragmental rock made up of fragments and earthy materials from trap rocks.

  3. Of or pertaining to trap rock; as, a trap dike.
  4. A machine or contrivance that shuts suddenly, as with a spring, used for taking game or other animals; as, a trap for foxes.

    She would weep if that she saw a mouse
    Caught in a trap.
    Chaucer.

  5. To catch in a trap or traps; as, to trap foxes.
  6. To set traps for game; to make a business of trapping game; as, to trap for beaver.
  7. Fig.: A snare; an ambush; a stratagem; any device by which one may be caught unawares.

    Let their table be made a snare and a trap. Rom. xi. 9.

    God and your majesty
    Protect mine innocence, or I fall into
    The trap is laid for me!
    Shak.

  8. Fig.: To insnare; to take by stratagem; to entrap.

    "I trapped the foe." Dryden.
  9. 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.
  10. To provide with a trap; as, to trap a drain; to trap a sewer pipe. See 4th Trap, 5.
  11. The game of trapball.
  12. 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.
  13. A place in a water pipe, pump, etc., where air accumulates for want of an outlet.
  14. A wagon, or other vehicle.

    [Colloq.] Thackeray.
  15. A kind of movable stepladder.

    Knight.

    Trap stairs, a staircase leading to a trapdoor. -- Trap tree (Bot.) the jack; - - so called because it furnishes a kind of birdlime. See 1st Jack.

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Trap

TRAP, noun

1. An engine that shuts suddenly or with a spring, used for taking game; as a trap for foxes. A trap is a very different thing from a snare; though the latter word may be used in a figurative sense for a trap

2. An engine for catching men. [Not used in the U. States.]

3. An ambush; a stratagem; any device by which men or other animals may be caught unawares.

Let their table be made a snare and a trap Romans 11:9.

4. A play in which a ball is driven with a stick.

TRAP, noun In mineralogy, a name given to rocks characterized by a columnar form, or whose strata or beds have the form of steps or a series of stairs. Kirwan gives this name to two families of basalt. It is now employed to designate a rock or aggregate in which hornblend predominates, but it conveys no definite idea of any one species; and under this term are comprehended hornblend, hornblend slate, greenstone, greenstone slate, amygdaloid, basalt, wacky, clinkstone porphyry, and perhaps hypersthene rock, augite rock, and some varieties of sienite.

TRAP, verb transitive To catch in a trap; as, to trap foxes or beaver.

1. To ensnare; to take by stratagem.

I trapp'd the foe.

2. To adorn; to dress with ornaments. [See Trappings.] [the verb is little used.]

TRAP, verb intransitive To set traps for game; as, to trap for beaver.

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