[kuh n-trap-shuh n] /kənˈtræp ʃən/

noun, Informal.
a mechanical contrivance; gadget; device.
(informal, often facetious or derogatory) a device or contrivance, esp one considered strange, unnecessarily intricate, or improvised

1825, western England dialect, origin obscure, perhaps from con(trive) + trap, or deception.


A contrivance or device; piece of machinery: What’s this ugly contraption in the corner? (1820s+)


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