- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈtɹɪɡə/
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- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈtɹɪɡɚ/
- Rhymes: -ɪɡə(ɹ)
trigger (plural triggers)
- (firearms) A finger-operated lever used to fire a gun.
- Just pull the trigger.
- A similar device used to activate any mechanism.
- An event that initiates others, or incites a response.
- Sleeping in an unfamiliar room can be a trigger for sleepwalking.
- A concept or image that upsets somebody by sparking a negative emotional response.
- I can't watch that violent film. Blood is one of my triggers.
- (psychology) An event, experience or other stimulus that initiates a traumatic memory or action in a person.
- (music) An electronic transducer allowing a drum, cymbal, etc. to control an electronic drum unit or similar device.
- (music) A device that manually lengthens (or sometimes shortens) the slide or tubing of a brass instrument, allowing the pitch range to be altered while playing.
- (electronics) A pulse in an electronic circuit that initiates some component.
- (databases) An SQL procedure that may be initiated when a record is inserted, updated or deleted; typically used to maintain referential integrity.
- (online gaming) A text string that, when received by a player, will cause the player to execute a certain command.
- (archaic) A catch to hold the wheel of a carriage on a declivity.
finger-operated lever used to fire a gun
similar device used to activate any mechanism
event that initiates others, or incites a response
pulse in an electronic circuit that initiates some component
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- (transitive) To fire a weapon.
- 2011, Baggott, Jim, The First War of Physics, Pegasus Books, →ISBN:
- A U235 bomb would therefore need to incorporate a gun weighing ten tons. Then there was the question of initiating or triggering the bomb.
- (transitive) To initiate something.
- Synonyms: activate, initiate
- The controversial article triggered a deluge of angry letters from readers.
- 2020 August 26, Philip Haigh, “Network News: Three die in ScotRail landslip derailment at Carmont”, in Rail, page 6:
- The accident followed torrential early morning rain that triggered widespread flooding across Scotland's tracks, including south of Carmont.
- (transitive, figuratively) To spark a response, especially a negative emotional response, in (someone).
- Synonym: push someone's buttons
- This story contains a rape scene and may be triggering for rape victims.
- 2020 January 25, Ernesto Londoño; Letícia Casado, “Glenn Greenwald in Bolsonaro’s Brazil”, in The New York Times, ISSN 0362-4331:
- “I think I trigger a lot of their primal rage,” Mr. Greenwald said, referring to Brazilians who support the president. “They view me as someone who deserves to be punished.”
- (intransitive, especially electronics) To activate; to become active.
- 1997, Mill Operators' Conference, page 182:
- Sodium nitrite (750 ppm) was added after the alarm triggered at three hours, and corrosion did not occur for over eight hours.
- Among movements to promote mental health awareness, especially concerning autism; epilepsy; and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), using the to spark an esp. negative emotional response in sense for lesser matters is often considered offensive to and exclusive of those who regularly deal with triggers that aggravate their symptoms (meltdowns; seizures, anxiety attacks; etc.).
- → German: triggern
to fire a weapon
to initiate something
to spark a response, especially a negative emotional response, in (someone)