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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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. [1913 Webster] She would weep if that she saw a mouse Caught in a trap. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. Fig.: A snare; an ambush; a stratagem; any device by which one may be caught unawares. [1913 Webster] Let their table be made a snare and a trap. --Rom. xi. 9. [1913 Webster] God and your majesty Protect mine innocence, or I fall into The trap is laid for me! --Shak. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 4. The game of trapball. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 6. A place in a water pipe, pump, etc., where air accumulates for want of an outlet. [1913 Webster] 7. A wagon, or other vehicle. [Colloq.] --Thackeray. [1913 Webster] 8. A kind of movable stepladder. --Knight. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]