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trap

adjective (a)

  • Of or pertaining to trap rock; as, a trap dike. (adjective)
    source: webster1913

noun (n)

  • a device in which something (usually an animal) can be caught and penned (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • drain consisting of a U-shaped section of drainpipe that holds liquid and so prevents a return flow of sewer gas (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • something (often something deceptively attractive) that catches you unawares (noun.cognition)
    Synonym: snare
    Example:
    The exam was full of trap questions.
    source: wordnet30
  • a device to hurl clay pigeons into the air for trapshooters (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • the act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise (noun.act)
    source: wordnet30
  • informal terms for the mouth (noun.body)
    Synonym: cakehole, gob, hole, maw, yap
    source: wordnet30
  • a light two-wheeled carriage (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • a hazard on a golf course (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: bunker, sand trap
    source: wordnet30
  • 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. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • A machine or contrivance that shuts suddenly, as with a spring, used for taking game or other animals; as, a trap for foxes. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • place in a confining or embarrassing position (verb.social)
    Synonym: pin down
    Example:
    He was trapped in a difficult situation.
    source: wordnet30
  • catch in or as if in a trap (verb.contact)
    Example:
    The men trap foxes.
    source: wordnet30
  • hold or catch as if in a trap (verb.contact)
    Example:
    The gaps between the teeth trap food particles.
    source: wordnet30
  • to hold fast or prevent from moving (verb.contact)
    source: wordnet30
  • To dress with ornaments; to adorn; -- said especially of horses. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To catch in a trap or traps; as, to trap foxes. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To set traps for game; to make a business of trapping game; as, to trap for beaver. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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