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trapeze

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n trapeze a swing used by circus acrobats
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Trapeze A swinging horizontal bar, suspended at each end by a rope; -- used by gymnasts.
    • Trapeze (Geom) A trapezium. See Trapezium, 1.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n trapeze A trapezium.
    • n trapeze In gymnastics, a swing consisting of one or more cross-bars, each suspended by two cords at some distance from the ground, on which various exercises or feats of strength and agility are performed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Trapeze a swing of one or more cross-bars used in gymnastic exercises
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Quotations

  • Orson Welles
    Orson%20Welles
    “The essential is to excite the spectators. If that means playing Hamlet on a flying trapeze or in an aquarium, you do it.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Advice from a veteran trapeze performer: Throw your heart over the bars and your body will follow.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. trapèze,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. trapezion dim. of trapeza, a table; from tetra, four, pous, podos, a foot.

Usage

In literature:

As to going trapezing about round Crown Point with fifty soldiers, the thing ain't to be thought of.
"With Wolfe in Canada" by G. A. Henty
You ought to do more acting than you do trapeze work.
"Bunny Brown and his Sister Sue Giving a Show" by Laura Lee Hope
There was a series of swings, one trapeze fixed higher than another, like a line of gigantic steps, to the very pinnacle of the tent.
"A Dozen Ways Of Love" by Lily Dougall
He was Luigi Bianca, who used to perform in London years ago, with his brother Joseph, on the high trapeze.
"Golden Stories" by Various
After trying his ropes carefully, he swarmed up to the trapeze; the music of the band slowed down, and became impressive.
"The Woman's Way" by Charles Garvice
That's from falling off the trapeze.
"The Shield" by Various
You look tired out, an' Sarah too, trapezing up and down greasy, slippery stairs,' protested Mrs Clay.
"Sarah's School Friend" by May Baldwin
Henry swung the trapeze too forcibly, one end of the rope slipped out of his hands and pulled loose from the trapeze bar.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
The Dodo performed on the trapeze.
"Grace Harlowe's Third Year at Overton College" by Jessie Graham Flower
As soon as he feels the barb of the hook he tries to climb up the line and jump all around like a trapeze performer.
"Chums of the Camp Fire" by Lawrence J. Leslie
They said he married the girl who did the flying trapeze, but I'm not sure about that.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 7" by Various
Brad had then entered the Kruv Chamber, or Trapeze Room, and he had learned nothing since.
"The Sloths of Kruvny" by Vern Fearing
Towahg, you're there when it comes to trapeze work.
"Brood of the Dark Moon" by Charles Willard Diffin
Fits are the moral tumblings ov man's natur, the bak summersets ov hiz disposishun, the flying trapez ov the kritter himself.
"The Complete Works of Josh Billings" by Henry W. Shaw
The trapeze has a name of Greek origin, and it was possibly known to the Greeks.
"A Book About the Theater" by Brander Matthews
An acrobat leaps headlong from a high trapeze.
"Hints to Pilgrims" by Charles Stephen Brooks
Didn't I take the prize at school for high trapeze work?
"The Heroes of the School" by Allen Chapman
Blondin himself, Hanlon in the flying trapeze, are less perfect and less terrible.
"From the Oak to the Olive" by Julia Ward Howe
After reaching the trapeze, she sat there for a moment, smiling and rubbing her hands.
"Mademoiselle Blanche" by John David Barry
You might as well talk about learning to swing on a trapeze by reading and observation.
"Ahead of the Show" by Fred Thorpe
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In poetry:

TOMMY--
Well, Billy, he's
Got a tight-rope an' trapeze,
An' a hoop 'at he jumps through
Head-first!
"The Rivals; Or The Showman's Ruse" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

Trapeze artist entertained the world over.
Over the weekend, I wound up at Washington, D.C.'s Trapeze School with a group of friends.
Martha's Vineyard to use Trapeze/AssetWorks system.
Rachel Grunwell's muscles ached for days after her adrenaline-filled trapeze lesson.
Doyle's Deals: Tablet, Trapeze School, Wizards Tickets.
Fly Trapeze School could make your dream come true as they extend classes until the end of September.
Trapeze School New York's conditioning class prepares students to fly through the air.
The Time I Went to Trapeze School.
The aerial conditioning class at Trapeze School New York mixes in aerial silk climbing into the workout.
Trapeze, ' by Simon Mawer.
Trapeze School, Go Ape and Bar Method.
Salem High School trapeze artist.
Isabel Patrowicz is a junior at Salem High School and a flying trapeze artist.
Trapeze Welcomes Guests with SmartPass.
Want to learn what it takes to soar on the flying trapeze or just what goes into those cream pies the clowns throw.
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In science:

This means that the computation of the integrals (7) by means of the trapeze method is exact (within the round-off errors).
Spectral methods in general relativistic astrophysics
Three pseudospectral algorithms are described (Euler, leapfrog and trapez) for solving numerically the time dependent nonlinear Schr¨odinger equation in one, two or three dimensions.
Pseudospectral Algorithms for Solving Nonlinear Schroedinger Equation in 3D
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