Trap v. t. [imp. & p. p. Trapped p. pr. & vb. n. Trapping.] 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.
Trap, n. Geol. 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.
Trap, a. Of or pertaining to trap rock; as, a trap dike.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. The game of trapball.
5. 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.
6. A place in a water pipe, pump, etc., where air accumulates for want of an outlet.
7. A wagon, or other vehicle. [Colloq.]
8. A kind of movable stepladder.
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.
Trap v. t.
1. To catch in a trap or traps; as, to trap foxes.
2. Fig.: To insnare; to take by stratagem; to entrap. “I trapped the foe.”
3. To provide with a trap; as, to trap a drain; to trap a sewer pipe. See 4th Trap, 5.
Trap, v. i. To set traps for game; to make a business of trapping game; as, to trap for beaver.
n 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,
7: a light two-wheeled carriage
8: a hazard on a golf course [syn: bunker, sand trap]
v 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]