from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In car-building, the gate or flap of a hopper or drop-bottom car. See drop-bottom.
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Any structural weakness caused by severing the two lowest boards is counteracted by the two grooved pieces in which the drop-door moves.
But quick as were the motions of Black Bruin, the trap was quicker, for the moment the trigger was loosed, the cord let go the drop-door and down it came with a great bang.
There was a drop-door over the opening, held up by a hasp.
President Kitchen let loose the hasp that held up the drop-door and fairly "pegged" Mr. Todd out of sight.
The walls of the cage was made of thick spars of wood, with interstices between them, through which the lion could both see and be seen: probably the top was entirely covered with boards, and upon these was raised a sort of low hut or sentry-box, just large enough to contain a man, who, when the proper moment arrived, peeped forth from his concealment and cautiously raised the front of the trap, which was a kind of drop-door working in a groove.
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