What does trigger mean?

Definitions for trigger
ˈtrɪg ərtrig·ger

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word trigger.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. gun trigger, triggernoun

    lever that activates the firing mechanism of a gun

  2. triggernoun

    a device that activates or releases or causes something to happen

  3. trigger, induction, initiationverb

    an act that sets in motion some course of events

  4. trip, actuate, trigger, activate, set off, spark off, spark, trigger off, touch offverb

    put in motion or move to act

    "trigger a reaction"; "actuate the circuits"

  5. triggerverb

    release or pull the trigger on

    "Trigger a gun"


  1. triggernoun

    A finger-operated lever used to fire a gun.

    Just pull the trigger.

  2. triggernoun

    A similar device used to activate any mechanism.

  3. triggernoun

    An event that initiates others, or incites a response.

  4. triggernoun

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

  5. triggernoun

    A pulse in an electronic circuit that initiates some component.

  6. triggernoun

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

  7. triggernoun

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

  8. triggernoun

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

  9. triggerverb

    to fire a weapon

  10. triggerverb

    to initiate something

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Triggernoun

    Etymology: derived by Franciscus Junius from trigue, Fr. from intricare, Lat.

    The pulling the trigger of the gun with which the murder is committed, has no natural connection with those ideas that make up the complex one, murder. John Locke.


  1. trigger

    A trigger is an act, event, or circumstance that causes an action to occur, initiates a process, or stimulates a reaction. It can be both intentional as in a planned catalyst or unintentional like an unexpected incident causing an emotional response. In different contexts, such as in firearms, computing, psychology, etc., it may have specific connotations.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Triggernoun

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

  2. Triggernoun

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Trigger

    trig′ėr, n. a catch which when pulled looses the hammer of a gun in firing: a catch to hold a wheel when driving on steep ground. [Dut. trekkertrekken, to pull.]


  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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. trigger

    In ship-building, is the letting fall the paul of the cradle by which the dog-shore falls flush, and offers no further obstruction to the ship gliding down the ways into her absurdly termed "native element." Also, a small catch under the lock of fire-arms, by drawing which back, when the piece is cocked, it is discharged.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. trigger

    A steel catch, which being pulled disengages the cock of a gunlock, and causes the hammer to strike the nipple in percussion-muskets, and the firing-pin in breech-loaders. The difference between a hair and common trigger is this: the hair-trigger, when set, lets off the cock at the slightest touch, whereas the common trigger requires a greater degree of force, and consequently its operation is retarded.

Editors Contribution

  1. triggerverb

    (of something seen or heard) make (someone) angry or sad; upset.

    The bad news triggered him.

    Submitted by zakaria1409 on June 29, 2022  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Trigger is ranked #53316 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Trigger surname appeared 388 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Trigger.

    81.4% or 316 total occurrences were White.
    14.6% or 57 total occurrences were Black.
    2% or 8 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.8% or 7 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of trigger in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of trigger in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of trigger in a Sentence

  1. Donald Trump:

    We must reform our mental health laws to better identify mentally disturbed individuals who may commit acts of violence and make sure those people not only get treatment but when necessary involuntary confinement, mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun.

  2. Jeremy Konyndyk:

    This has been a realistic risk for a month, and the signal to trigger that kind of preparedness has only been going out in the last few days in an explicit way, that's a huge problem.

  3. Cheri Reed:

    We don't need a rookie in the game right now. Because it's the anti-Christ that we're up against, he's despicable. He's destructive. He's a liar. He's trigger-happy. He's everything that you don't want in a President.

  4. Sal Guatieri:

    While the shorter-term trend in core prices has picked up, the low yearly rate, along with the recent escalation in trade protectionism, can only spur the Fed to pull the easing trigger again on Sept. 18.

  5. Trey Harrell:

    If what is being alleged in those lawsuits that are being filed is even a fraction of truth, then it would certainly be something the U.S. Attorney’s Office would fully investigate, for those reasons, that’s why I would believe there is probably an investigation coming if it hasn’t already started. There’s no number that would trigger the U.S. Attorney’s Office to get involved. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, as well as the Department of Justice, in my experience is going to look into anything regardless of the amount if a crime is being committed.

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