Definitions for: Trigger

[n] an act that sets in motion some course of events
[n] lever that activates the firing mechanism of a gun
[v] release or pull the trigger on; "Trigger a gun"
[v] put in motion or move to act; "trigger a reaction"; "actuate the circuits"

Webster (1913) Definition: Trig"ger, n. [For older tricker, from D. trekker, fr.
trekken to draw, pull. See Trick, n.]
1. A catch to hold the wheel of a carriage on a declivity.

2. (Mech.) 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.

Trigger fish (Zo["o]l.), a large plectognath fish
(Balistes Carolinensis or B. capriscus) common on the
southern coast of the United States, and valued as a food
fish in some localities. Its rough skin is used for
scouring and polishing in the place of sandpaper. Called
also leather jacket, and turbot.

Synonyms: activate, actuate, gun trigger, induction, initiation, set off, spark, spark off, touch off, trigger off, trip

See Also: causation, causing, come about, discharge, fire, fomentation, go on, gun, hair trigger, hap, happen, initiate, instigation, lever, occur, pass, pass off, pioneer, take place

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