trepan 2 [trih-pan]Archaic. Word Origin noun

  1. a person who ensnares or entraps others.
  2. a stratagem; a trap.

verb (used with object), tre·panned, tre·pan·ning.

  1. to ensnare or entrap.
  2. to entice.
  3. to cheat or swindle.

Also tra·pan [truh-pan] /trəˈpæn/. Origin of trepan 2 1635–45; earlier trapan, equivalent to trap1 + -an Related formstrep·a·na·tion, trap·a·na·tion [trep-uh-ney-shuh n] /ˌtrɛp əˈneɪ ʃən/, nountre·pan·ner, tra·pan·ner, noun British Dictionary definitions for trapantrapan verb, noun -pans, -panning or -panned

  1. a variant spelling of trepan 1 (def. 2)

Derived Formstrapanner, nountrepan 1 noun

  1. surgery an instrument resembling a carpenter’s brace and bit formerly used to remove circular sections of bone (esp from the skull)Compare trephine
  2. a tool for cutting out circular blanks or for making grooves around a fixed centre
    1. the operation of cutting a hole with such a tool
    2. the hole so produced

verb -pans, -panning or -panned (tr)

  1. to cut (a hole or groove) with a trepan
  2. surgery another word for trephine

Derived Formstrepanation (ˌtrɛpəˈneɪʃən), nountrepanner, nounWord Origin for trepan C14: from Medieval Latin trepanum rotary saw, from Greek trupanon auger, from trupan to bore, from trupa a holetrepan 2 trapan (trəˈpæn) verb -pans, -panning or -panned (tr)

  1. to entice, ensnare, or entrap
  2. to swindle or cheat


  1. a person or thing that traps

Word Origin for trepan C17: of uncertain origin Word Origin and History for trapantrepan v.

c.1400, from French trépaner (14c.), from Medieval Latin trepanum “a saw for cutting out small pieces of bone from the skull,” from Greek trypanon, from trypan “to bore,” related to trype “hole” (cf. Old Church Slavonic truplu “hollow”), from PIE root *tere- “to rub, turn” (see throw). Related: Trepanned; trepanning.

trapan in Medicinetrepan [trĭ-păn′] n.

  1. A trephine.


  1. To trephine.

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