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[trap-dawr, -dohr] /ˈtræpˈdɔr, -ˈdoʊr/
a door flush with the surface of a floor, ceiling, or roof.
the opening that it covers.
of, relating to, or like a trapdoor.
Also called drop.
Origin of trapdoor
1325-75; Middle English trappe dore. See trap1, door Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He stood beneath the trapdoor and pulled a kitchen chair into the hallway and stood on it.
  • He had to turn his back on the audience, spread a cloak and slip down a trapdoor and out of there.
  • The trapdoor is left open for several days, until the hogs are comfortable with it.
  • Ferrets have been observed returning to the cages for no more than a few days after the trapdoor was opened.
  • Every pit and trapdoor floor opening, infrequently used, shall be guarded by a floor opening cover of standard strength.
  • Access was gained by a ladder and a trapdoor in the kitchen and through a door in the gable.
  • Above the second-floor landing was a locked rectangular trapdoor, painted brown and scored with scratches.
  • Attach the wire loops to the cutaway half to make a trapdoor.
  • When an aquatic bug brushes one of the trigger hairs, the plant pumps out creating a vacuum and the trapdoor swings open.
  • Inside the tower's cabin, entered through a hinged trapdoor in the cabin's floor, was an alidade on a podium.

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