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.

(Trap) v. t. [AS. treppan. See Trap a snare.]

1. To catch in a trap or traps; as, to trap foxes.

2. Fig.: To insnare; to take by stratagem; to entrap. "I trapped the foe." Dryden.

3. To provide with a trap; as, to trap a drain; to trap a sewer pipe. See 4th Trap, 5.

(Trap), v. i. To set traps for game; to make a business of trapping game; as, to trap for beaver.

(Tra*pan") n. [OF. trappan. See Trap, and cf. Trepan a snare.] A snare; a stratagem; a trepan. See 3d Trepan. South.

(Tra*pan"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Trapanned ; p. pr. & vb. n. Trapanning.] To insnare; to catch by stratagem; to entrap; to trepan.

Having some of his people trapanned at Baldivia.

(Tra*pan"ner) n. One who trapans, or insnares.

(Trap"ball`) n. An old game of ball played with a trap. See 4th Trap, 4.

(Trap"door`) n.

(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 for foxes.

She would weep if that she saw a mouse
Caught in a trap.

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!

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. [Colloq.] Thackeray.

8. A kind of movable stepladder. Knight.

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