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trigger (plural triggers)
- 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.
- 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
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout#Translations.
Translations to be checked
- (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.
- The controversial article triggered a deluge of angry letters from readers.
- (transitive) To spark a response, especially a negative emotional response, in (someone).
- This story contains a rape scene and may be triggering for rape victims.
- (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.
- (fire a weapon): activate, detonate, fire
- (initiate something): activate, initiate
- (spark a response): push someone's buttons
to fire a weapon
to initiate something