What is the meaning of trap?


  • A device in which something (usually an animal) can be caught and penned.
  • Drain consisting of a U-shaped section of drainpipe that holds liquid and so prevents a return flow of sewer gas.
  • Something (often something deceptively attractive) that catches you unawares.
    • usage: "the exam was full of trap questions"; "it was all a snare and delusion"
  • A device to hurl clay pigeons into the air for trapshooters.
  • The act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise.
  • Informal terms for the mouth.
  • A light two-wheeled carriage.
  • A hazard on a golf course.


  • Place in a confining or embarrassing position.
    • usage: "He was trapped in a difficult situation"
  • Catch in or as if in a trap.
    • usage: "The men trap foxes"
  • Hold or catch as if in a trap.
    • usage: "The gaps between the teeth trap food particles"
  • To hold fast or prevent from moving.
    • usage: "The child was pinned under the fallen tree"
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