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English noun: trap

1. trap (artifact) a device in which something (usually an animal) can be caught and penned

Broader (hypernym)device

Narrower (hyponym)entanglement, flytrap, gin, lobster pot, mantrap, mousetrap, net, noose, pit, pitfall, pound net, rattrap, snare, steel trap, web

Part holonymbait, decoy, lure

Domain categoryanimal, animate being, beast, brute, creature, fauna

2. trap (artifact) drain consisting of a U-shaped section of drainpipe that holds liquid and so prevents a return flow of sewer gas

Broader (hypernym)drain, drainpipe, waste pipe

3. trap (cognition) something (often something deceptively attractive) that catches you unawares

SamplesThe exam was full of trap questions.
It was all a snare and delusion.


Broader (hypernym)design, plan

Narrower (hyponym)iron trap, speed trap

4. trap (artifact) a device to hurl clay pigeons into the air for trapshooters

Broader (hypernym)mechanical device

5. trap (act) the act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise

Synonymsambuscade, ambush, lying in wait

Broader (hypernym)coup de main, surprise attack

Narrower (hyponym)dry-gulching

6. trap (body) informal terms for the mouth

Synonymscakehole, gob, hole, maw, yap

Broader (hypernym)mouth, oral cavity, oral fissure, rima oris

7. trap (artifact) a light two-wheeled carriage

Broader (hypernym)carriage, equipage, rig

8. trap (artifact) a hazard on a golf course

Synonymsbunker, sand trap

Broader (hypernym)hazard

Part meronymgolf course, links course

English verb: trap

1. trap (social) place in a confining or embarrassing position

SamplesHe was trapped in a difficult situation.

Synonymspin down

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)confine, detain

2. trap (contact) catch in or as if in a trap

SamplesThe men trap foxes.

ExamplesThey trap the animals

Synonymsensnare, entrap, snare, trammel

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)capture, catch

Narrower (hyponym)gin

Domain categoryhunt, hunting

3. trap (contact) hold or catch as if in a trap

SamplesThe gaps between the teeth trap food particles.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)hold, take hold

4. trap (contact) to hold fast or prevent from moving

SamplesThe child was pinned under the fallen tree.

ExamplesThe fighter managed to trap his opponent

Synonymsimmobilise, immobilize, pin

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

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