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Definition of the noun mousetrap

What does mousetrap mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: mousetraps

  1. a trap for catching mice
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: trap = a device in which something (usually an animal) can be caught and penned
  2. (American football) a play in which a defensive player is allowed to cross the line of scrimmage and then blocked off as the runner goes through the place the lineman vacated

Alternative definition of the noun mousetrap


  1. Device for capturing or killing mice and other rodents.
  2. [computing] A website designed to open another copy of itself when the user tries to close the webpage. Frequently used by advertisers and pornographers.
  3. (business studies) With attribute "better", a hypothetical new or improved product used in economic projections.
  4. [chiefly British] Ordinary, everyday cheese

Definition of the verb mousetrap

What does mousetrap mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: mousetrapped | mousetrapping | mousetraps

  1. [figuratively] To trap; to trick or fool (someone) into a bad situation.


The Mousetrap is an informal name for the interchange of Interstate 25 and Interstate 70 in the northern part of Denver, Colorado, USA. The interchange pre-dates the Interstate Highway system, originally built as an intersection between two local roads in 1951. The interchange was completely rebuilt, starting in 1987. The re-design was prompted from an incident where a U.S. Navy truck hauling torpedoes overturned, causing panic and major disruptions in the city.


  1. Mousetrap is a musical group.
    • album: "Celebral Revolver"
  2. Mousetrap is a musical group.


  1. "Mousetrap" is a musical album of Internationals.
    • released on
  2. "Mousetrap" is a musical album of Das Damen.
  3. "Mousetrap" is a musical composition by Stanley Maxwell.
  4. "Mousetrap" is a musical EP of Aaron Dilloway.
    • released in (7 years ago)


"Mousetrap" is a book by P. J. Aldus.

  • also known as "Mousetrap: structure and meaning in Hamlet"


"Mousetrap" a.k.a. "Mouse Trap" is a 1981 arcade game released by Exidy, similar to Pac-Man. It was ported to three home systems by Coleco; Coleco's ColecoVision, Mattel's Intellivision, and the Atari 2600. It is also one of the first games on home consoles to have a looping background musical track, which is present in most versions.


Mousetrap was an anti-submarine rocket used mainly during the Second World War by the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard. Its development was begun in 1941 as a replacement for Hedgehog, a British-made projector, which was the first ahead-throwing ASW weapon. These, however, were spigot-launched, placing considerable strain on the launching vessel's deck, whereas Mousetrap was rocket-propelled. As a result, Mousetrap's four or eight rails for 7.2-inch rockets saved weight and were easier to install.

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Google previewSpirit-Empowered Theology (2017)

A Concise, One-Volume Guide by Charles Carrin, D.D.

A mousetrap is a simple machine with only a...

its complexity is irreducible—the mousetrap is the least complex it can possibly be. It cannot ...

Google previewA Study Guide for Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap"

by Gale, Cengage Learning

The Mousetrap is a twoact play written in the mystery genre. The play employs a remote, isolated location in which a group of suspicious people have gathered. It becomes readily apparent that some are not who they seem to be and that most ...

Google previewThe Oxford Handbook of Animal Studies (2017)

by Linda Kalof, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Animal Studies Program Linda Kalof

Buildings are fitted with netting and antipigeon arrays of spikes, intended to deny the birds a secure ledge or cavity, and the quest for a better mousetrap is a well- worn metaphor. The wood-and-steel snap-trap has served the purpose for ...

Google previewThe UnStoppables (2013)

Tapping Your Entrepreneurial Power by Bill Schley

They think your new mousetrap is a pain in the butt. Yet the lifeblood of your new business depends on getting people to volunteer to change—to try and to accept your new product. Only then will they hand you revenue and give you the ...

Google previewMarketing (2014)

An Introduction by Rosalind Masterson, David Pickton

The traditional mousetrap is a small wooden device with a springloaded clip .

Google previewThree Days Before the Sun (2014)

The Saga of Life's Origin by Warren LeRoi Johns

A fully functioning mousetrap is the product of human intelligence. No one argues that inanimate machines design and build themselves without input from an intelligent source. Design and construction of living molecular mechanisms requires ...

Google previewRevenge Tragedy and the Drama of Commemoration in Reforming England (2016)

by Thomas Rist

The Mousetrap is a weak drama – compare it to the ...

Google previewBlood on the Stage, 1975-2000 (2012)

Milestone Plays of Crime, Mystery, and Detection : an Annotated Repertoire by Amnon Kabatchnik

While The Mousetrap is an intriguing whodunit boasting a wallop of a surprise ending, the puzzling element of Perfect Crime is its longevity. The play underwent major changes while switching locations five or six times. In the published acting ...

Google previewTransformative Entrepreneurs (2012)

How Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, Muhammad Yunus, and Other Innovators Succeeded by Jeffrey A. Harris

Commercializing the better mousetrap is the key to success. Inventiveness is important and wonderful, but unless you take that novel idea and make it useful, the multitudes won't seek to find your door. Invention and innovation are not the ...

Google previewThe Advanced Dictionary of Marketing : Putting Theory to Use (2007)

Putting Theory to Use by Scott Dacko

better mousetrap fallacy APPLICATION AREAS AND FURTHER READINGS Marketing Strategy Dibb, S., Farhangmehr, M., and Simkin, L. (2001). 'The Marketing Planning Experience: A UK and Portuguese Comparison,' Marketing ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Idioms (2005)

by Judith Siefring

a better mousetrap an improved version of a well-known article. This expression comes from an observation attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1889, though also claimed by Elbert Hubbard: 'If a man write a better book, preach a better ...

Google previewLexicon Balatronicum. A dictionary of Buckish slang, University wit, and Pick Pocket eloquence. ... Altered and enlarged ... by a member of the Whip Club (1823)

by Francis Grose, Pierce Egan

MOUSETRAP. The parson's mousetrap ; the state of matrimony.

Google previewShorter Slang Dictionary (2003)

by Paul Beale, Eric Partridge

mousetrap go very well indeed, to make very good progress. Later 20th century. mousetrap ordinary or inferior cheese. From the (type of) cheese used to bait a mousetrap. mouth like the bottom of a birdcage an unpleasant taste or feeling ...

Google previewCRC Concise Encyclopedia of Mathematics, Second Edition (2002)

by Eric W. Weisstein

Mousetrap A PERMUTATION problem invented by Cayley. Let the numbers 1, 2, . .., n be written on a set of cards, and shuffle this deck of cards. Now, start counting using the top card. If the card chosen does not equal the count, move it to the ...

Google previewOxford Dictionary of English Idioms (2010)

by John Ayto

mousetrap a better mousetrap an improved version of a well-known article. 6 This expression comes from an observation attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1889, though also claimed by Elbert Hubbard: 'If a man write a better book, preach ...

Google previewGrose's Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (1823)

Revised and Corrected with the Addition of Numerous Slang Phrases Collected from Tried Authorities by Francis Grose, Pierce Egan

Mousetrap. The parson's mousetrap ; the state of matrimony. ~ ' Mouth.

Google previewA Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant Embracing English, American, and Anglo-Indian Slang, Pidgin English, Gypsies' Jargon and Other Irregular Phraseology (1897)

by Albert Barrère, Charles Godfrey Leland

Mousetrap (turf), a sovereign. From the resemblance of the crown and shield to a set trap. " No hunter in England can clear that water," replies ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Human Memory [3 volumes] (2013)

by Annette Kujawski Taylor Ph.D.

complicated event requiring many distinct elements: remembering the mousetrap , remembering the action of getting the finger caught in the trap, remembering the trip to the hospital, and many additional related details. The researchers asked ...

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He who builds a better mousetrap these days runs into material shortages, patent-infringement suits, work stoppages, collusive bidding, discount discrimination -- and taxes. (H.E. Martz)
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The value of this 9-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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