trap

Definitions

  • Kisa drives a small pony and trap past the distracted giants
    Kisa drives a small pony and trap past the distracted giants
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v trap to hold fast or prevent from moving "The child was pinned under the fallen tree"
    • v trap catch in or as if in a trap "The men trap foxes"
    • v trap hold or catch as if in a trap "The gaps between the teeth trap food particles"
    • v trap place in a confining or embarrassing position "He was trapped in a difficult situation"
    • n trap the act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise
    • n trap a hazard on a golf course
    • n trap a device in which something (usually an animal) can be caught and penned
    • n trap a light two-wheeled carriage
    • n trap a device to hurl clay pigeons into the air for trapshooters
    • n trap drain consisting of a U-shaped section of drainpipe that holds liquid and so prevents a return flow of sewer gas
    • n trap informal terms for the mouth
    • n trap something (often something deceptively attractive) that catches you unawares "the exam was full of trap questions","it was all a snare and delusion"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Soldier Lays a Honey Trap The Soldier Lays a Honey Trap
Pinocchio Gets His Foot Caught in a Trap Pinocchio Gets His Foot Caught in a Trap
Drain-traps Drain-traps
Trapping Blackbirds Trapping Blackbirds
Basket trap Basket trap

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The American Automobile association was formed in 1905 for the sole purpose of warning motorists of police speed traps
    • Trap 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.
    • Trap A kind of movable stepladder.
    • Trap 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 ."
    • Trap A place in a water pipe, pump, etc., where air accumulates for want of an outlet.
    • Trap A wagon, or other vehicle.
    • Trap 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.
    • n Trap (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 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 .""God and your majesty
      Protect mine innocence, or I fall into
      The trap is laid for me!"
    • Trap Fig.: To insnare; to take by stratagem; to entrap. "I trapped the foe."
    • a Trap Of or pertaining to trap rock; as, a trap dike.
    • Trap The game of trapball.
    • Trap To catch in a trap or traps; as, to trap foxes.
    • v. t Trap To dress with ornaments; to adorn; -- said especially of horses. "Steeds . . . that trapped were in steel all glittering.""To deck his hearse, and trap his tomb-black steed.""There she found her palfrey trapped In purple blazoned with armorial gold."
    • Trap To provide with a trap; as, to trap a drain; to trap a sewer pipe. See 4th Trap, 5.
    • v. i Trap To set traps for game; to make a business of trapping game; as, to trap for beaver.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The reason why bubbles are round is because this is the most efficient shape that the soap film can take for the amount of air trapped inside
    • n trap A contrivance, as a pitfall or some mechanical device that shuts suddenly, often by means of a spring, used for taking game and other animals.
    • n trap A device for confining and suddenly releasing or tossing into the air objects to be shot at, as live pigeons or glass balls.
    • n trap A kind of fish-net used especially in Narragansett Bay, consisting of an oblong inclosure of netting on three sides and at the bottom, anchored securely by the side of the channel. Into this the fish enter, and, the bottom of the net being lifted to the surface at the open end, they are penned in and driven into a lateral inclosure, where they are kept until needed.
    • n trap A double-curved pipe, or a U-shaped section of a pipe, with or without valves, serving to form a water-seal to prevent the passage of air or gases through a pipe with which it is connected. Traps are made in a great variety of shapes, the aim being in all to cause a portion of liquid to lodge in a depression and form a seal. The most common forms are without valves. Air-pipes used in connection with traps (see the figures) not only conduct away foul gases, but prevent any regurgitation of gas through the water or siphoning out of the water-seal resulting from changes of pressure in the soil-pipe, such as sometimes occurs in unventilated traps, undue pressure in which causes the gas to pass the water-seal, while a very slight fall below atmospheric pressure causes the water to siphon over into the soil-pipe and thus destroy the seal Various special forms are called gas-traps, grease-traps, etc. Also called trapping.
    • n trap A piece of wood, somewhat in the shape of a shoe, hollowed at the heel, and moving on a pivot, in which the ball is placed in playing trap-ball; also, the game itself. See trap-ball.
    • n trap A trap-door.
    • n trap Any small complicated structure, especially one that is out of order; a rickety thing: so called in contempt. Compare rattletrap.
    • n trap A carriage.
    • n trap Any device or contrivance to betray one into speech or act, or to catch one unawares; an ambush; a stratagem.
    • n trap Contrivance; craft.
    • n trap A sheriff's officer, or a policeman.
    • trap To catch in a trap: as. to trap foxes or beaver.
    • trap To insnare; take by stratagem: applied to persons.
    • trap To capture (fish) by means of a trap or trap-net.
    • trap To put in a trap and release to be shot at, as pigeons or glass balls.
    • trap In plumbing, to furnish with a trap.
    • trap Theat., to furnish (a stage) with the requisite traps for the plays to be performed.
    • trap To stop and hold, as the shuttle of a loom in the warp, or gas, a liquid, heat, etc., by an obstruction or impervious or sealed inclosure, as in the case of liquids or gases, or by insulating substances, as with heat or electricity; specifically, to stop and hold by a trap for the purpose of removing, as air carried forward by or entangled in water flowing through pipes, etc., water deposited from compressed atmospheric air when cooled, or condensed from steam in the passage of the latter through pipes, or air from pipes or receptacles into or through which steam is to be passed.
    • trap To set traps for game: as, to trap for beaver.
    • trap To handle or work the trap in a shooting-match.
    • trap To become stopped or impeded, as steam through accumulation of condensed water in a low part of a horizontal pipe, or in a steam-radiator by the presence of air which cannot escape, or the flow of water through a siphon by accumulation of air in the upper part of the bend, etc.
    • n trap A kind of movable ladder or steps; a ladder leading up to a loft.
    • n trap In geology, any dark-colored rock having more or less of a columnar structure and apparently volcanic or eruptive in origin. It is the old and more or less metamorphosed eruptive rocks, and especially the various forms of basalt, which are most commonly thus designated. The name is a convenient one for use before the exact nature of the rock in question has been ascertained by microscopic examination.
    • n trap A horse-cloth; an ornamental cloth or housing for a horse; ornamental harness; a trapping: usually in the plural.
    • n trap plural Belongings; appurtenances; impedimenta: used frequently of baggage.
    • trap To furnish with trapping or ornamental housing, or necessary or usual harness or appurtenances, especially when these are of an ornamental character.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Humpback whales are the only ones that use bubbles to help capture their prey. The bubbles trap fish in a spot for feeding whales.
    • n Trap trap an instrument for snaring animals: an ambush: a stratagem: a contrivance for hindering the passage of foul air from a waste-pipe, &c.: a trap-door: any rickety structure: a carriage, a vehicle:
    • v.t Trap to catch in a trap:—pr.p. trap′ping; pa.t. and pa.p. trapped
    • n Trap trap a term loosely applied to many rocks of volcanic origin, so called because lying often in steps or terraces
    • v.t Trap trap to drape or adorn with gay clothes: to ornament
    • pr.p Trap trap′ping; pa.t. and pa.p. trapped
    • n Trap a horse-cloth:
    • n Trap trap (slang) a policeman
    • n Trap (pl.) one's personal belongings, luggage
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Quotations

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    “How to trap an atheist: Serve him a fine meal, then ask him if he believes there is a cook.”
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    “The best criticism doesn't trap an employee or child in a dead end. It gives them an escape route.”
  • Ida B. Wells
    Ida B. Wells
    “One had better die fighting against injustice than die like a dog or a rat in a trap.”
  • Denis Waitley
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    “A life lived with integrity -- even if it lacks the trappings of fame and fortune is a shinning star in whose light others may follow in the years to come.”
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    “There's always free cheese in the mouse traps, but the mice there ain't happy.”
  • Dr. Robert Anthony
    Dr. Robert Anthony
    “Waiting is a trap. There will always be reasons to wait. The truth is, there are only two things in life, reasons and results, and reasons simply don't count.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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

Usage

In literature:

There are several other made traps, such as the trap cage; the best of which has a bird as a decoy partitioned off from the actual trap.
"Practical Taxidermy" by Montagu Browne
Natt was sitting in the trap, and it was drawn up in the court-yard to the door.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
T'Doctor sent I wi' t'trap.
"Antony Gray,--Gardener" by Leslie Moore
I have been trapped just as all the others you and I have dealt with have been trapped.
"Frenzied Finance" by Thomas W. Lawson
She was helpless as a wolf in a trap.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
All that we catch in the traps we put in there until the smack comes.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
The men seldom trapped at that time, but the women trapped in several ways.
"The Later Cave-Men" by Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
Baits are more profitably used to draw animals to traps than they are to kill the scent of the traps.
"Black Beaver" by James Campbell Lewis
He's like a rat in a trap.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
I should like two dozen mink traps and a couple of big traps.
"When Life Was Young" by C. A. Stephens
Koreans using a fish trap.
"Agricultural Implements and Machines in the Collection of the National Museum of History and Technology" by John T. Schlebecker
A suitable place for the trap, Macora remembered having seen, a few miles down the river; and thither they repaired.
"The Giraffe Hunters" by Mayne Reid
This loving notice was a trap set by Sonia.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
Then we'll try our hand at traps, snares, and pitfalls.
"IT and Other Stories" by Gouverneur Morris
The depth of a trap should be about three inches for water-closet traps, and about two inches for sink and other traps.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume V (of VI)" by Various
The traps were nearly empty.
"Judith Lynn" by Annie Hamilton Donnell
Would any man, I ask, have believed that he could walk into such a trap and get out of it unharmed?
"The House Under the Sea" by Sir Max Pemberton
One morning in following up my trap line, I found a trap missing.
"A Mountain Boyhood" by Joe Mills
A trap is set for tomorrow, a big trap!
"The Treasure Trail" by Marah Ellis Ryan
Now, supposin' you was goin' to trap, where would ye set the traps?
"The House in the Water" by Charles G. D. Roberts
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In poetry:

“I never done ’em any harm,
I thought ’em decent chaps.
But now I wouldn’t raise a hand
To save ’em from the traps.
"The Swagless Swaggie" by Edward Harrington
His blood was of those warrior tribes
That streamed from morning's fire,
Whom now with traps and now with bribes
The wily Council wire.
"Archduchess Anne" by George Meredith
He who had pledg'd his word to be
Her life's dear guardian, far away,
The flow'r of Yeoman Cavalry,
Bestrode a Steed with trappings gay.
"Dolly" by Robert Bloomfield
A Trap, in haste and anger,
Was brought, you need not doubt on't,
And, such was the gin,
Were a lion once got in,
He could not, I think, get out on't.
"The Rape of the Trap. A Ballad" by William Shenstone
Ah foolish Man, who thus of her possess'd,
Cou'd float and wander with Ambition's Wind,
And if his outward Trappings spoke him blest,
Not heed the Sickness of his conscious Mind.
"Elegy XIII" by James Hammond
Ah, for their sakes, so trapped and taken,
For theirs, forgotten and forsaken,
Watch, sleep not, gird thyself with prayer.
Nay, where the heart of wrath is broken,
Where long love ends as a thing spoken,
How shall thy crying enter there?
"Ilicet" by Algernon Charles Swinburne

In news:

Booby Trap Catches Billfish Super Slam off Texas Coast.
Booby Trap at the Bolt Underground.
Booby Trap Catches Billfish Super Slam off Texas Coast.
"The 'Busy' Trap's" Class Problem.
Cleanliness is crucial, even if zapping and trapping is necessary to reduce product contamination.
Caledonia man trapped under riding mower lives to talk about it.
We're trapped in a canoe , my Stepmom in front and I'm steering.
Ford's retiree cashout : A trap for the unwary.
The monthly registered trap shoot for Jan 14 found weather conditions as they were forecast.
The William G Stratton Building – eyesore, health risk, money trap – has gotten a reprieve.
BBB says email is phishing trap.
Ephraim NJ Police Crash leaves 1 trapped, 3 hurt.
He says he checks traps, of which he has 10 currently throughout Collier County, at least every other day.
Every week 's a trap game.
The case is booby trapped Extortion note.
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In science:

We present a systematic analytical approach to the trapping of a random walk by a finite density ρ of diffusing traps in arbitrary dimension d.
Trapping of a random walk by diffusing traps
This suggests that the proportionality coefficient between the density of traps and the probability of the formation of the trap is roughly the inverse area of the fluctuation .
Coherent Random Lasing and "Almost Localized" Photon Modes
The problem is therefore reduced to a problem of a random walk among random traps: The distribution νV ,ε defines a random trapping configuration, let’s denote it by A, i.e.
Localization-delocalization phenomena for random interfaces
These are due to the fact that, under the quenched measure, traps are almost surely of a maximal given size, determined by P , whereas under the annealed measure P one can create, at some cost in probability, larger traps.
Random walks in random environments
The trapping problem with many random walkers has also been studied in one dimension and the corresponding trapping statistics have been found on Euclidean and fractal lattices [15,16,17].
Some exact results for the trapping of subdiffusive particles in one dimension
Another quite interesting and difficult variation of the standard trapping problem is that where the traps diffuse too [5,20].
Some exact results for the trapping of subdiffusive particles in one dimension
The survival probability of the subdiffusive random walker in the two-sided trapping problem is finally given by an average of ΦL (t) over the distribution of hole lengths in the random trap configurations.
Some exact results for the trapping of subdiffusive particles in one dimension
In this problem a single subdiffusive random walker starting at x = 0 on a lattice randomly filled with absorbing static traps with a density c performs a random exploration until he encounters one of these traps.
Some exact results for the trapping of subdiffusive particles in one dimension
Trapping models of subdiffusive particles in which the trapping process is stochastically “gated” is also an interesting field.
Some exact results for the trapping of subdiffusive particles in one dimension
In the case of the trapping model certain nodes are designated as traps, having a concentration c.
Random walk and trapping processes on scale-free networks
Suppose L+ is the outgoing null normal. N is called outer trapped (marginally trapped, untrapped) if θ+ < 0 (θ+ = 0, θ+ > 0).
Geometric Analysis and General Relativity
The boundary of the region in M containing trapped surfaces is, if it is sufficiently smooth, a marginally trapped surface.
Geometric Analysis and General Relativity
All the results for the directed trap model can then be translated for the biased Sinai model, one simply has to replace traps by renormalized valleys.
Random walks and polymers in the presence of quenched disorder
This shows that the dynamics always remains out-of-equilibrium : the weights of the two traps are not given by Boltzmann factors, they do not even depend on the energies of the traps, but only on their distances to the origin.
Random walks and polymers in the presence of quenched disorder
No trapped shel ls: In order for an expanding shell to not be trapped initially, it must satisfy the condition r > 2GM (r).
The Possibility of Cosmic Acceleration via Spatial Averaging in Lemaitre-Tolman-Bondi Models
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