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trigger

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noun trig·ger \ˈtri-gər\

Simple Definition of trigger

  • : a lever on a gun that you pull to fire the gun

  • : something that causes something else to happen

Full Definition of trigger

  1. 1a :  a piece (as a lever) connected with a catch or detent as a means of releasing it; especially :  the part of the action moved by the finger to fire a gunb :  a similar movable part by which a mechanism is actuated <trigger of a spray gun>

  2. 2 :  something that acts like a mechanical trigger in initiating a process or reaction

trigger adjective
trig·gered play \-gərd\ adjective

Origin of trigger

alteration of earlier tricker, from Dutch trekker, from Middle Dutch trecker one that pulls, from trecken to pull — more at trek


First Known Use: 1621

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trigger

verb trig·ger

Simple Definition of trigger

  • : to cause (something, such as an alarm) to start functioning

  • : to cause (a bomb) to explode

  • : to cause (something) to start or happen

Full Definition of trigger

trig·geredtrig·ger·ing play \ˈtri-g(ə-)riŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to release or activate by means of a trigger; especially :  to fire by pulling a mechanical trigger <trigger a rifle>b :  to cause the explosion of <trigger a missile with a proximity fuse>

  3. 2 :  to initiate, actuate, or set off by a trigger <an indiscreet remark that triggered a fight> <a stimulus that triggered a reflex>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to release a mechanical trigger

Examples of trigger

  1. Smoke triggered the fire alarm.

  2. The timer was set to trigger the bomb in exactly one hour.

  3. His remarks triggered a public outcry.

  4. Certain foods trigger his headaches.

  5. The power outage was triggered by heavy rains.



1916

First Known Use of trigger

1916




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