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ˈtrɪg ərtrig·ger

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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.

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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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. Dendy Engelman:

    The minimally invasive microneedling technique involves a series of tiny, very fine needles that are passed over the skin, creating micro-injuries which trigger new collagen and elastin synthesis as the skin begins to naturally repair itself.

  2. Frederik Ducrozet:

    The new forward guidance is consistent with the ECB hiking rates even later than under the previous framework (but) it does not fundamentally change the criteria that will trigger policy normalisation.

  3. Christy Zito:

    I stand here before you today as a mother and grandmother who has had to use a firearm to defend their child, even though I didnt have to pull the trigger, just the fact that they could see it, and they knew that I had it, was the determining factor. Opponents say allowing teenagers to carry a concealed weapon without a permit within city limits could lead to shootings. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP.

  4. Lisbeth Gronlund:

    Keeping missiles on hair-trigger alert makes them more vulnerable to an unauthorized launch, including one resulting from a cyberattack.

  5. Sal Guatieri:

    U.S. inflation continues to drift gradually higher in response to a nearly fully employed economy, with some nudging from tariffs, the Fed has every reason to pull the rate trigger again in October.

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    the trait of lacking restraint or control; reckless freedom from inhibition or worry
    • A. tingle
    • B. germ
    • C. anil
    • D. abandon

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