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trigger

trig·ger

trigger

 
pronunciation:
trI gr
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
phrases:
quick on the trigger
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a small lever that when pressed or pulled causes a firearm to fire, or a similar lever on another device or machine.
He accidentally pulled the trigger and the gun went off.
 
definition 2: an event or action that causes another action to take place.
This massacre of innocent people was one of the triggers of the revolution.
phrase: quick on the trigger
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: triggered, triggering, triggers
definition 1: to cause, begin, or set off (an action or series of actions).
The earthquake triggered the tsunami.Getting fired from his job triggered his rage.Do you know exactly what triggers your allergy symptoms?
similar words:
actuate, trip
definition 2: to cause (a gun, bomb, or the like) to fire or explode.
Police are investigating what triggered the explosion in the office building.
similar words:
spring
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