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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.

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.

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  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. Cavalier Johnson:

    Mistaken gunfire has extinguished another innocent life, i offer my condolences to her family. Please, put down the guns.If you have a gun in your home, secure it with a trigger lock or in a safe.Never, never handle a gun near children.

  2. Lucas Chancel:

    The work that we've been doing really shows that, in fact, these claims -- or this idea of trickle-down economics -- does not pass the scrutiny of data, key lessons from the past 40 years of data is that the cuts in top tax rates have not triggered prosperity for all, as they were supposed to trigger.

  3. Bernhard Schmierer:

    Like all medical treatments however, CRISPR-Cas9-based therapies might have side effects, which the patients and caregivers should be aware of. Our study suggests that future work on the mechanisms that trigger p53 in response to CRISPR-Cas9 will be critical in improving the safety of CRISPR-Cas9-based therapies.

  4. John Wood:

    It works closely with Shahid Beheshti University on constructing the nuclear trigger, although the personnel of FEDAT will miss Fakhrizadeh, their mission will go ahead with more urgency than ever.

  5. Emily Chapman:

    By and large our children have very active and responsive immune systems, and so we suspect that smaller doses of vaccine will trigger an adequate response in a child to successfully fight off infection.

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