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trapdoor

Syllabification: trap·door
Pronunciation: /ˈtrapdôr
 
/
(also trap door)

Definition of trapdoor in English:

noun

1A hinged or removable panel in a floor, ceiling, or roof.
Example sentences
  • There's a trapdoor in the ceiling: the time capsule takes us up through it, and we're in the family's living quarters: the whole family gathered around the hearth.
  • Luckily for our boys, it also has a trapdoor in the floor leading conveniently into a series of maintenance tunnels which are accessible through any manhole in Montreal.
  • We had ascended the steep staircase and out through a narrow trapdoor on to the roof of the tower, high above the battlements of his creaking ancestral pile.
1.1A feature or defect of a computer system that allows surreptitious unauthorized access to data.
Example sentences
  • Under polite questioning from the audience, he acknowledged that some closed-source commercial products have been found to have trapdoors themselves.
  • Because the source code is available for all to see, secret or accidental trapdoors cannot hope to survive expert scrutiny by third parties.

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