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Noun, Verb (usu participle)


Noun trepan has 2 senses

Verb trepan has 1 sense


trepann. [F. trépan (cf. Sp. trépano, It. trepano, trapano), LL. trepanum, fr. Gr. a borer, auger, trepan, fr. to bore, a hole. Cf. Trephine.].
  •  A crown-saw or cylindrical saw for perforating the skull, turned, when used, like a bit or gimlet. See Trephine.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A kind of broad chisel for sinking shafts.  [1913 Webster]
trepanv. t. & i. [Cf. F. trépaner. See Trepan a saw.].
     To perforate (the skull) with a trepan, so as to remove a portion of the bone, and thus relieve the brain from pressure or irritation; to perform an operation with the trepan.  [1913 Webster]
trepann. [See Trapan.].
  •  A snare; a trapan.  [1913 Webster]
    "Snares and trepans that common life lays in its way."  [1913 Webster]
  •  a deceiver; a cheat.  [1913 Webster]
    "He had been from the beginning a spy and a trepan."  [1913 Webster]
trepanv. t. 
     To insnare; to trap; to trapan.  [1913 Webster]
    "Guards even of a dozen men were silently trepanned from their stations."  [1913 Webster]


trepan, n. & v.
1 a cylindrical saw formerly used by surgeons for removing part of the bone of the skull.
2 a borer for sinking shafts.
--v.tr. (trepanned, trepanning) perforate (the skull) with a trepan.

trepanation n. trepanning n.
ME f. med.L trepanum f. Gk trupanon f. trupao bore f. trupe hole




N perforator, piercer, borer, auger, chisel, gimlet, stylet, drill, wimble, awl, bradawl, scoop, terrier, corkscrew, dibble, trocar, trepan, probe, bodkin, needle, stiletto, rimer, warder, lancet, punch, puncheon, spikebit, gouge, spear, puncher, punching machine, punching press, punch pliers.


VB deceive, take in, defraud, cheat, jockey, do, cozen, diddle, nab, chouse, play one false, bilk, cully, jilt, bite, pluck, swindle, victimize, abuse, mystify, blind one's eyes, blindfold, hoodwink, throw dust into the eyes, dupe, gull, hoax, fool, befool, bamboozle, flimflam, hornswoggle, trick, impose upon, practice upon, play upon, put upon, palm off on, palm upon, foist upon, snatch a verdict, bluff off, bluff, bunko, four flush, gum, spoof, stuff (a ballot box), circumvent, overreach, outreach, out wit, out maneuver, steal a march upon, give the go-by, to leave in the lurch decoy, waylay, lure, beguile, delude, inveigle, entrap, intrap, ensnare, nick, springe, set a trap, lay a trap, lay a snare for, bait the hook, forelay, spread the toils, lime, trapan, trepan, kidnap, let in, hook in, nousle, nousel, blind a trail, enmesh, immesh, shanghai, catch, catch in a trap, sniggle, entangle, illaqueate, hocus, escamoter, practice on one's credulity, hum, humbug, gammon, stuff up, sell, play a trick upon one, play a practical joke upon one, put something over on one, put one over on, balk, trip up, throw a tub to a whale, fool to the top of one's bent, send on a fool's errand, make game, make a fool of, make an April fool of, make an ass of, trifle with, cajole, flatter, come over, gild the pill, make things pleasant, divert, put a good face upon, dissemble, cog, cog the dice, load the dice, stack the deck, live by one's wits, play at hide and seek, obtain money under false pretenses, conjure, juggle, practice chicanery, deacon, play off, palm off, foist off, fob-off, lie, misinform, mislead, betray, be deceived.

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