Trap

Definition of Trap

v. t.1.To dress with ornaments; to adorn; - said especially of horses.
[imp. & p. p. Trapped ; p. pr. & vb. n. Trapping.]
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.
n.1.(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
a kind of fragmental rock made up of fragments and earthy materials from trap rocks.
a.1.Of or pertaining to trap rock; as, a trap dike.
n.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.
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.
v. t.1.
1.To catch in a trap or traps; as, to trap foxes.
2.Fig.: To insnare; to take by stratagem; to entrap.
3.To provide with a trap; as, to trap a drain; to trap a sewer pipe. See 4th Trap, 5.
v. i.1.To set traps for game; to make a business of trapping game; as, to trap for beaver.

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