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trapeze

[tra-peez or, esp. British, truh-] /træˈpiz or, esp. British, trə-/
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
1860-1865
1860-65; < French, special use of trapèze trapezium
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British Dictionary definitions for trapeze

trapeze

/trəˈpiːz/
noun
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
Word Origin
C19: from French trapèze, from New Latin; see trapezium
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Word Origin and History for trapeze
n.

1861, from French trapèze, from Late Latin trapezium (see trapezium), probably because the crossbar, the ropes and the ceiling formed a trapezium.

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