Definition of "trigger" []

  • The lever pressed by the finger to discharge a firearm. (noun)
  • A similar device used to release or activate a mechanism. (noun)
  • An event that precipitates other events. (noun)
  • Electronics A pulse or circuit that initiates the action of another component. (noun)
  • To set off; initiate: remarks that triggered bitter debates. (verb-transitive)
  • A small projecting lever that activates the firing mechanism of a firearm (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A device that releases a spring-loaded mechanism or a similar arrangement (noun)
  • Any event that sets a course of action in motion (noun)
  • To give rise (to); set off (verb)
  • To fire or set in motion by or as by pulling a trigger (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "trigger" in a sentence
  • "For those who might be offended by the analogy, remember: the word trigger is best known as the term for the mechanism that fires a gun, or for the device that sets off a bomb."
  • "The trigger is NOT a compromise, as another comment asserted: the trigger is a trick to sneak the public option in at a later date. katiec"
  • "True, the trigger is as good as any I've ever touched off on any hunting rifle."