Definitions for Triggerˈtrɪg ər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

trig•gerˈtrɪg ər(n.)

  1. a small projecting tongue in a firearm that, when pressed by the finger, actuates the mechanism that discharges the weapon.

  2. a device, as a lever, the pulling or pressing of which releases a detent or spring.

  3. anything, as an act or event, that initiates or precipitates a reaction or series of reactions.

  4. (v.t.)to initiate or precipitate (a reaction, process, or chain of events).

  5. to fire or explode (a gun, missile, etc.) by pulling a trigger or releasing a triggering device.

  6. (v.i.)to release a trigger.

  7. to become active; activate.

Idioms for trigger:

  1. quick on the trigger, quick to act or respond; impetuous; volatile. ready to act; sensitive; alert.

    Category: Idiom, Informal

Origin of trigger:

1615–25; earlier tricker < D trekker, der. of trekk(en) to pull (cf. trek )

Princeton's WordNet

  1. gun trigger, trigger(noun)

    lever that activates the firing mechanism of a gun

  2. trigger(noun)

    a device that activates or releases or causes something to happen

  3. trigger, induction, initiation(verb)

    an act that sets in motion some course of events

  4. trip, actuate, trigger, activate, set off, spark off, spark, trigger off, touch off(verb)

    put in motion or move to act

    "trigger a reaction"; "actuate the circuits"

  5. trigger(verb)

    release or pull the trigger on

    "Trigger a gun"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. trigger(verb)ˈtrɪg ər

    to cause sth

    snowboarders who triggered an avalanche

  2. trigger(noun)ˈtrɪg ər

    the part of a gun you pull to fire it

    to pull the trigger

  3. triggerˈtrɪg ər

    the cause of sth

    the trigger for change


  1. trigger(Noun)

    A finger-operated lever used to fire a gun.

    Just pull the trigger.

  2. trigger(Noun)

    A similar device used to activate any mechanism.

  3. trigger(Noun)

    An event that initiates others, or incites a response.

  4. trigger(Noun)

    An event, experience or other stimulus that initiates a traumatic memory or action in a person.

  5. trigger(Noun)

    A pulse in an electronic circuit that initiates some component.

  6. trigger(Noun)

    An SQL procedure that may be initiated when a record is inserted, updated or deleted; typically used to maintain referential integrity.

  7. trigger(Noun)

    A text string that, when received by a player, will cause the player to execute a certain command.

  8. trigger(Noun)

    A catch to hold the wheel of a carriage on a declivity.

  9. trigger(Verb)

    to fire a weapon

  10. trigger(Verb)

    to initiate something

  11. Origin: Originally tricker, from trekker, from trekken.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Trigger(noun)

    a catch to hold the wheel of a carriage on a declivity

  2. Trigger(noun)

    a piece, as a lever, which is connected with a catch or detent as a means of releasing it; especially (Firearms), the part of a lock which is moved by the finger to release the cock and discharge the piece


  1. Trigger

    Trigger was a 15.3 hands palomino horse, made famous in American Western films with his owner/rider, cowboy star Roy Rogers.


  1. Trigger

    Trigger, a San Francisco, CA-based company that has just launched its cross-platform mobile development framework targeted at web developers who want to be able to create native mobile apps.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Trigger' in Verbs Frequency: #972

Translations for Trigger

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a small lever on a gun, which is pulled to make the gun fire

He aimed the rifle at her but did not pull the trigger.

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