Pronunciation: (mous'trap"), [key]
—n., v., -trapped, -trap•ping.
1. a trap for mice, esp. one consisting of a rectangular wooden base on which a metal spring is mounted.
2. a device, machine, or the like whose structure or function suggests a trap for mice.
3. a device, system, or stratagem for detecting and catching someone in an unauthorized or illegal act.
4. Football.trap1 (def. 11).
5. build a better mousetrap, to make or offer a superior product.
a. to trap or snare: traffic cops mousetrapping drunken drivers.
b. to manipulate by devious or clever means; trick or outwit: to mousetrap the witness into a contradiction.
2. Football.trap1 (def. 20).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.