• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Trap-ball an old game played with a ball or bat and trap
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. træppe; cog. with Old High Ger. trapa, a snare (whence Fr. trappe, by which the Eng. word has been modified).


In literature:

Ne'theless, an I gat not the ball, how were we to play more to-day at the trap?
"Men of Iron" by Howard Pyle
It contains bats, wickets, and a ball for cricket; a set of quoits; trap bat and ball for the younger boys; leaping bars and some other things.
"Through the Fray" by G. A. Henty
They made him and me join them in a match at trap-ball that lasted two hours and a half.
"Lady John Russell"
They drove, and again Merle lectured upon the three reasons why his ball came to rest in a sand trap that flanked the fairway.
"The Wrong Twin" by Harry Leon Wilson
Trap-ball is a much older game than cricket, and can be traced to the beginning of the fourteenth century.
"Old English Sports" by Peter Hampson Ditchfield
Martin trapped the hit and shot the ball home to catch Dean.
"The Young Pitcher" by Zane Grey
The first ball was literally snuffed into nothingness before it had risen five feet above the trap!
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
Or, if you roll the ball up and hit the trap you put me out.
"Norman Vallery" by W.H.G. Kingston
They had him in a trap, and, in another instant, the ball would touch him.
"The White Mice" by Richard Harding Davis
Do you play at trap-ball, sir?
"The Bad Family and Other Stories" by Mrs. Fenwick
It was a hard ball to trap, and Young juggled it.
"Jack Winters' Baseball Team" by Mark Overton
A bull's-eye trap-door, which opened at the smack of the ball, was his favorite.
"Sweethearts at Home" by S. R. Crockett
He trapped the ball, he diddled and dodged, he pretended to pass but he didn't.
"The Sailor" by J. C. Snaith
We were each to fire at fifty glass balls, which were to be sent up into the air out of a trap.
"Amusement Only" by Richard Marsh
He could now only play at trap-ball, or battle-dore and shuttle-cock.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, No. VII, December 1850, Vol. II" by Various
There were trap-ball and tennis grounds, and skittle-grounds.
"Club Life of London, Volume II (of 2)" by John Timbs

In news:

Early patented "widgets," such as cigarette lighters, ball point pens or spring mouse traps, were probably far more challenging to design and develop than they were to patent.
For a ball, the 2012 Wolf Trap Ball that celebrated the "17 Years of Leadership, Innovation and Vision" of Terre Jones, Wolf Trap president and CEO, Sept 15.
The Wolf Trap Ball is held on the magnificent stage at Wolf Trap's Filene Center – one of the largest stages in America.
The trips have been holding on the deeper (30ft plus) trap balls.
Eric Fiore traps the ball during Newtown's 1-0 (4-2 in penalty kicks) loss to Pomperaug in the SWC quarterfinals.
In this 2003 file photo, Doug Mientkiewicz, pictured here as Minnesota Twins first baseman, traps the ball during a drill at the Lee County Sports Complex.
Hephzibah goalie Steven Cauthron traps the ball as Greenbrier attempts to score.
Take Miki Agrawal, for example, the Brooklyn, NY resident who recently set the world record for most butt traps with a soccer ball in a minute with eight.
Fresno Fuego Assistant Coach Robin Kane works with Anthony on ' trapping ' the ball in Tuesday's World Cup Soccer Tip.

In science:

Fix a sequence {ℓN : N ≥ 1} of positive numbers, representing the radius of balls we place around each deep trap.
Universality of trap models in the ergodic time scale
In this toy model, gravitating matter is trapped inside gravity(g)–balls as large as (say) the halo of typical galaxies.
Summary of Session A6: Alternative Theories of Gravity
In this case, (1.3) enables to control the decay of energy outside a large ball and the geometric control condition (GCC) enables to control the energy trapped in this ball.
Stabilization for the semilinear wave equation with geometric control condition