- Trap Trap, n. [OE. trappe, AS. treppe; akin to OD. trappe,
OHG. trapo; probably fr. the root of E. tramp, as that which
is trod upon: cf. F. trappe, which is trod upon: cf. F.
trappe, which perhaps influenced the English word.]
1. A machine or contrivance that shuts suddenly, as with a
spring, used for taking game or other animals; as, a trap
She would weep if that she saw a mouse Caught in a trap. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]
Let their table be made a snare and a trap. --Rom. xi. 9. [1913 Webster]
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. [1913 Webster]
4. The game of trapball. [1913 Webster]
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. [1913 Webster]
6. A place in a water pipe, pump, etc., where air accumulates for want of an outlet. [1913 Webster]
7. A wagon, or other vehicle. [Colloq.] --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.