trap meaning

[ træp ] Pronunciation:   "trap" in a sentence
Noun: trap  trap
  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"
    - 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
    - ambush, ambuscade, lying in wait 
  6. Informal term for the mouth
    - cakehole [Brit], hole, maw, yap, gob [Brit] 
  7. A light two-wheeled carriage 
  8. A hazard on a golf course
    - bunker, sand trap
Verb: trap (trapped,trapping)  trap
  1. Place in a confining or embarrassing position
    "He was trapped in a difficult situation"
    - pin down 
  2. Catch in or as if in a trap
    "The men trap foxes"
    - 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
    - pin, immobilize, immobilise [Brit]

Derived forms: traps, trapped, trapping

See also: trapper

Type of: capture, carriage, catch, confine, coup de main, design, detain, device, drain, drainpipe, equipage, hazard, hold, mechanical device, mouth, oral cavity, oral fissure, plan, rig, rima oris, surprise attack, take hold, waste pipe

Part of: golf course, links course

Encyclopedia: Trap

[American slang]
n. the mouth. (Crude.)
• Shut your trap!
• Put this in your trap and chew it up.

[British slang]
Noun. The mouth. E.g."Shut your trap you noisy bugger.”


A device to maintain a water seal against sewer gases, air, and odors; also called a stench trap.


A removable section of a theater stage floor.


Same as traprock.

tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel (Marine Corps); tactical related applications; tanks, racks, adapters, and pylons; terrorism research and analysis program


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  1. the russians did, to trap napoleon.
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  3. it seemed such a pitiful stupid trap.
  4. i am the hunter; i am the one who sets traps.
  5. a filter traps dust from the air.

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