Meaning of TRIGGER in English
transcription, транскрипция: [ trɪgə(r) ]
( triggers, triggering, triggered)
Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.
The trigger of a gun is a small lever which you pull to fire it.
A man pointed a gun at them and pulled the trigger.
The trigger of a bomb is the device which causes it to explode.
...trigger devices for nuclear weapons.
N-COUNT : oft N n
To trigger a bomb or system means to cause it to work.
The thieves must have deliberately triggered the alarm and hidden inside the house...
VERB : V n
If something triggers an event or situation, it causes it to begin to happen or exist.
...the incident which triggered the outbreak of the First World War...
VERB : V n
Trigger off means the same as trigger .
It is still not clear what events triggered off the demonstrations.
PHRASAL VERB : V P n (not pron) , also V n P
If something acts as a trigger for another thing such as an illness, event, or situation, the first thing causes the second thing to begin to happen or exist.
Stress may act as a trigger for these illnesses.
N-COUNT : oft N for n
Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. Английский словарь Коллинз COBUILD для изучающих язык на продвинутом уровне. 2006