• (RP) IPA: /ˈtɹɪɡə/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈtɹɪɡɚ/

trigger (plural triggers)

  1. A finger-operated lever used to fire a gun.
    Just pull the trigger.
  2. A similar device used to activate any mechanism.
  3. An event that initiates others, or incites a response.
    Sleeping in an unfamiliar room can be a trigger for sleepwalking.
  4. A concept or image that upsets somebody.
    I can't watch that violent film. Blood is one of my triggers.
  5. (psychology) An event, experience or other stimulus that initiates a traumatic memory or action in a person.
  6. (music) An electronic transducer allowing a drum, cymbal, etc. to control an electronic drum unit or similar device.
  7. (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.
  8. (electronics) A pulse in an electronic circuit that initiates some component.
  9. (databases) An SQL procedure that may be initiated when a record is inserted, updated or deleted; typically used to maintain referential integrity.
  10. (online gaming) A text string that, when received by a player, will cause the player to execute a certain command.
  11. (archaic) A catch to hold the wheel of a carriage on a declivity.
Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: trigger
  • Russian: три́ггер

trigger (triggers, present participle triggering; past and past participle triggered)

  1. (transitive) To fire a weapon.
  2. (transitive) To initiate something.
    The controversial article triggered a deluge of angry letters from readers.
  3. (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.
  4. (intransitive, especially, electronics) To activate; to become active.
Synonyms Translations
  • Italian: premere il grilletto, sparare
  • Portuguese: apertar o gatilho, atirar
  • Spanish: apretar el gatillo, detonar, gatillar

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