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Definition of Trap

Trap

  1. To dress with ornaments; to adorn; -- said especially of horses.
  2. 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.
  3. Of or pertaining to trap rock; as, a trap dike.
  4. A machine or contrivance that shuts suddenly, as with a spring, used for taking game or other animals; as, a trap for foxes.
  5. Fig.: A snare; an ambush; a stratagem; any device by which one may be caught unawares.
  6. 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.
  7. The game of trapball.
  8. 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.
  9. A place in a water pipe, pump, etc., where air accumulates for want of an outlet.
  10. A wagon, or other vehicle.
  11. A kind of movable stepladder.
  12. To catch in a trap or traps; as, to trap foxes.
  13. Fig.: To insnare; to take by stratagem; to entrap.
  14. To provide with a trap; as, to trap a drain; to trap a sewer pipe. See 4th Trap, 5.
  15. To set traps for game; to make a business of trapping game; as, to trap for beaver.

Trap Quotations

The greatest trap in our life is not success, popularity or power, but self-rejection. - Henri Nouwen
The greatest trap in our life is not success, popularity or power, but self-rejection.
Henri Nouwen

Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
Steve Jobs

Love is a trap. When it appears, we see only its light, not its shadows.
Paulo Coelho

In January we start saving money, getting out of credit card debt, funding our retirement accounts, and we're doing wonderful. Then, every single year like clockwork, starting in November, all of you fall into this trap that says, 'I have to buy this gift... I can't show up at this party and not have something for everybody.'
Suze Orman

Meetings are a great trap. Soon you find yourself trying to get agreement and then the people who disagree come to think they have a right to be persuaded. However, they are indispensable when you don't want to do anything.
John Kenneth Galbraith
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Trap Translations

trap in Dutch is slag, valstrik, val
trap in Italian is tranello
trap in Latin is laqueum, forca, laqueus, decipio
trap in Portuguese is armadilha
trap in Spanish is trampa