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 for trap
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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           Steeds . . . that trapped were in steel all glittering.
                                                    --Chaucer.
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           To deck his hearse, and trap his tomb-black steed.
                                                    --Spenser.
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           There she found her palfrey trapped
           In purple blazoned with armorial gold.   --Tennyson.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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     Trap tufa, Trap tuff, a kind of fragmental rock made up
        of fragments and earthy materials from trap rocks.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Trap \Trap\, a.
     Of or pertaining to trap rock; as, a trap dike.
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From 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.
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              She would weep if that she saw a mouse
              Caught in a trap.                     --Chaucer.
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     2. Fig.: A snare; an ambush; a stratagem; any device by which
        one may be caught unawares.
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              Let their table be made a snare and a trap. --Rom.
                                                    xi. 9.
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              God and your majesty
              Protect mine innocence, or I fall into
              The trap is laid for me!              --Shak.
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     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.
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     4. The game of trapball.
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     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.
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     6. A place in a water pipe, pump, etc., where air accumulates
        for want of an outlet.
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     7. A wagon, or other vehicle. [Colloq.] --Thackeray.
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     8. A kind of movable stepladder. --Knight.
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     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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Trap \Trap\, v. t. [AS. treppan. See Trap a snare.]
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     1. To catch in a trap or traps; as, to trap foxes.
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     2. Fig.: To insnare; to take by stratagem; to entrap. "I
        trapped the foe." --Dryden.
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     3. To provide with a trap; as, to trap a drain; to trap a
        sewer pipe. See 4th Trap, 5.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Trap \Trap\, v. i.
     To set traps for game; to make a business of trapping game;
     as, to trap for beaver.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  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" [syn: 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 [syn: ambush, ambuscade, lying in wait,
         trap]
      6: informal terms for the mouth [syn: trap, cakehole,
         hole, maw, yap, gob]
      7: a light two-wheeled carriage
      8: a hazard on a golf course [syn: bunker, sand trap,
         trap]
      v 1: place in a confining or embarrassing position; "He was
           trapped in a difficult situation" [syn: trap, pin down]
      2: catch in or as if in a trap; "The men trap foxes" [syn:
         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" [syn: trap, pin, immobilize,
         immobilise]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  169 Moby Thesaurus words for "trap":
     Dionaea, French door, John Law, allure, allurement, ambuscade,
     ambush, ambushment, archway, artifice, back door, bag, bait,
     bait the hook, baited trap, barway, bazoo, beguile, birdlime,
     blind, bobby, booby trap, bulkhead, bull, carriage entrance, catch,
     catch out, catch up, cellar door, cellarway, chaps, charm, chops,
     come-on, confine, conspiracy, constable, deadfall, deathtrap,
     deceive, deception, decoy, decoy duck, device, door, doorjamb,
     doorpost, doorway, drawcard, drawing card, dupe, embouchure,
     endearment, enmesh, ensnare, ensnarl, entangle, enticement, entoil,
     entrap, enweb, face, feint, firetrap, flytrap, fool, foul,
     front door, gab, gambit, gate, gatepost, gateway, gendarme, gin,
     gob, ground bait, harpoon, hatch, hatchway, hold, hook, hook in,
     imprison, intrigue, inveigle, inveiglement, jaw, jaws, jowls, keep,
     kisser, land, lasso, lime, lintel, lips, lock, lure, lurking hole,
     machination, mandibles, maneuver, maw, maxilla, mesh, mine,
     mole trap, mousetrap, mouth, mug, mush, muzzle, nail, net, noose,
     oral cavity, paddy, peeler, pitfall, plot, ploy, police, porch,
     portal, porte cochere, postern, premaxilla, propylaeum, pylon,
     rattrap, rope, row, ruse, sack, scuttle, seducement, set gun,
     shadowing, side door, snag, snare, snarl, sniggle, spear,
     spread the toils, spring gun, springe, stalking-horse, stile,
     storm door, stratagem, subterfuge, surveillance, take, tangle,
     tangle up with, temptation, threshold, tollgate, trap door,
     trapfall, trick, trip, turnpike, turnstile, wile, wind, yap
  
  

From V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (September 2014) :

  TRAP
         Tandem Recursive Algorithm Process
         

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  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 (18 March 2015) :

  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 deterministically repeatable exceptions from
     timing-dependent ones (such as I/O interrupts).
  
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