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Definition of "trick" []

  • An act or procedure intended to achieve an end by deceptive or fraudulent means. See Synonyms at wile. (noun)
  • A mischievous action; a prank. (noun)
  • A stupid, disgraceful, or childish act or performance. (noun)
  • A peculiar trait or characteristic; a mannerism: "Mimicry is the trick by which a moth or other defenseless insect comes to look like a wasp” ( Marston Bates). (noun)
  • A peculiar event with unexpected, often deceptive results: "One of history's cruelest tricks is to take words that sounded good at the time and make them sound pretty stupid” ( David Owen). (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.

Use "trick" in a sentence
  • "The main trick is to have a currency that - unlike dollars, which are lent into existence by a bank - is instead worked into existence through an exchange."
  • "Theists are completely anthropocentric, since their main trick is to project themselves onto the cosmos, an insistence that something like a human self is at the core of the universe, no matter that observation tells us quite a different story."
  • "I would point out, for example, that the term trick, is often used in science to describe a clever way to get around a difficulty that is perfectly legitimate."