Meaning of TRIGGER in English



Pronunciation: ' tri-g ə r

Function: noun

Etymology: alteration of earlier tricker, from Dutch trekker, from Middle Dutch trecker one that pulls, from trecken to pull ― more at TREK

Date: 1621

1 a : 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 gun b : a similar movable part by which a mechanism is actuated < trigger of a spray gun>

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

– trigger adjective

– trig · gered \ -g ə rd \ adjective

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.