[syn: trip, actuate, trigger, activate, set off, spark off, spark, trigger off, touch off]
2. release or pull the trigger on;
- Example: "Trigger a gun"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Trigger \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 (Zool.), a large plectognath fish (Balistes
Carolinensis or Balistes 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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: lever that activates the firing mechanism of a gun [syn:
gun trigger, trigger]
2: a device that activates or releases or causes something to
3: an act that sets in motion some course of events [syn:
trigger, induction, initiation]
v 1: put in motion or move to act; "trigger a reaction";
"actuate the circuits" [syn: trip, actuate, trigger,
activate, set off, spark off, spark, trigger off,
2: release or pull the trigger on; "Trigger a gun"
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018):
An action causing the automatic invocation of a
procedure, for instance to preserve referential integrity.
A triggers goes into effect when a user attempts to modify
data with an insert, delete, or update command. A trigger can
instruct the system to take any number of actions when a
specified change is attempted. By preventing incorrect,
unauthorized, or inconsistent changes to data, triggers help
maintain the integrity of the database.
[Sybase SQL Server Release 10.0 Transact-SQL User's Guide].