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English Dictionary: trap by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
trap
n
  1. a device in which something (usually an animal) can be caught and penned
  2. drain consisting of a U-shaped section of drainpipe that holds liquid and so prevents a return flow of sewer gas
  3. something (often something deceptively attractive) that catches you unawares; "the exam was full of trap questions"; "it was all a snare and delusion"
    Synonym(s): trap, snare
  4. a device to hurl clay pigeons into the air for trapshooters
  5. the act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise
    Synonym(s): ambush, ambuscade, lying in wait, trap
  6. informal terms for the mouth
    Synonym(s): trap, cakehole, hole, maw, yap, gob
  7. a light two-wheeled carriage
  8. a hazard on a golf course
    Synonym(s): bunker, sand trap, trap
v
  1. place in a confining or embarrassing position; "He was trapped in a difficult situation"
    Synonym(s): trap, pin down
  2. catch in or as if in a trap; "The men trap foxes"
    Synonym(s): trap, entrap, snare, ensnare, trammel
  3. hold or catch as if in a trap; "The gaps between the teeth trap food particles"
  4. to hold fast or prevent from moving; "The child was pinned under the fallen tree"
    Synonym(s): trap, pin, immobilize, immobilise
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Trap \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. [bd]I
            trapped the foe.[b8] --Dryden.
  
      3. To provide with a trap; as, to trap a drain; to trap a
            sewer pipe. See 4th {Trap}, 5.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Trap \Trap\, v. i.
      To set traps for game; to make a business of trapping game;
      as, to trap for beaver.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Trap \Trap\, a.
      Of or pertaining to trap rock; as, a trap dike.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Trap \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.                                                --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. [Colloq.] --Thackeray.
  
      8. A kind of movable stepladder. --Knight.
  
      {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}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Trap \Trap\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Trapped}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Trapping}.] [Akin to OE. trappe trappings, and perhaps from
      an Old French word of the same origin as E. drab a kind of
      cloth.]
      To dress with ornaments; to adorn; -- said especially of
      horses.
  
               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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Trap \Trap\, n. [Sw. trapp; akin to trappa stairs, Dan. trappe,
      G. treppe, D. trap; -- so called because the rocks of this
      class often occur in large, tabular masses, rising above one
      another, like steps. See {Tramp}.] (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}, {Trap tuff}, a kind of fragmental rock made up
            of fragments and earthy materials from trap rocks.

From Jargon File (4.2.0, 31 JAN 2000) [jargon]:
   trap   1. n. A program interrupt, usually an interrupt caused by
   some exceptional situation in the user program.   In most cases, the
   OS performs some action, then returns control to the program.   2.
   vi. To cause a trap.   "These instructions trap to the monitor."
   Also used transitively to indicate the cause of the trap.   "The
   monitor traps all input/output instructions."
  
      This term is associated with assembler programming (`interrupt'
   or `exception' is more common among {HLL} programmers) and appears
   to be fading into history among programmers as the role of assembler
   continues to shrink.   However, it is still important to computer
   architects and systems hackers (see {system}, sense 1), who use it
   to distinguish deterministically repeatable exceptions from
   timing-dependent ones (such as I/O interrupts).
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
   trap
  
      1. A program interrupt, usually an interrupt caused by some
      exceptional situation in the user program.   In most cases, the
      OS performs some action, then returns control to the program.
  
      2. To cause a trap.   "These instructions trap to the monitor."
      Also used transitively to indicate the cause of the trap.
      "The monitor traps all input/output instructions."
  
      This term is associated with assembler programming
      ("interrupt" or "exception" is more common among {HLL}
      programmers) and appears to be fading into history among
      programmers as the role of assembler continues to shrink.
      However, it is still important to computer architects and
      systems hackers (see {system}, sense 1), who use it to
      distinguish {deterministic}ally repeatable exceptions from
      timing-dependent ones (such as I/O interrupts).
  
      [{Jargon File}]
  
  
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