Meaning of TRAP in English



Function: verb

Inflected Form: trapped ; trap · ping

Date: 14th century

transitive verb

1 a : to catch or take in or as if in a trap : ENTRAP b : to place in a restricted position : CONFINE < trapped in the burning wreck>

2 : to provide or set (a place) with traps

3 a : STOP , HOLD <these mountains trap rains and fogs generated over the ocean ― American Guide Series: Calif. > b : to separate out (as water from steam)

4 a : to catch (as a baseball) immediately after a bounce b : to block out (a defensive football player) by means of a trap c : to stop and gain control of (a soccer ball) with a part of the body other than the hands or arms

intransitive verb

1 : to engage in trapping animals (as for furs)

2 : to make a defensive trap in basketball

synonyms see CATCH

– trap · per noun

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.