trapeze

trapeze

[tra-peez or, esp. British, truh-]
noun
1.
an apparatus, used in gymnastics and acrobatics, consisting of a short horizontal bar attached to the ends of two suspended ropes.
2.
(on a small sailboat) a device by which a crew member can be suspended almost completely outboard while hiking.

Origin:
1860–65; < French, special use of trapèze trapezium

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trapeze (trəˈpiːz)
 
n
1.  a free-swinging bar attached to two ropes, used by circus acrobats, etc
2.  a sling like a bosun's chair at one end of a line attached to the masthead of a light racing sailing boat, used in sitting out
 
[C19: from French trapèze, from New Latin; see trapezium]

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trapeze
1861, from Fr. trapèze, from L.L. trapezium (see trapezium), probably because the crossbar, the ropes and the ceiling formed a trapezium.
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