trigger
I. noun Etymology: alteration of earlier tricker, from Dutch trekker, from Middle Dutch trecker one that pulls, from trecken to pull — more at trek Date: 1621 1. a. a piece (as a lever) connected with a catch or detent as a means of releasing it; especially the part of the action moved by the finger to fire a gun b. a similar movable part by which a mechanism is actuated <
trigger of a spray gun
>
2. something that acts like a mechanical trigger in initiating a process or reaction • trigger adjectivetriggered adjective II. verb (triggered; triggering) Date: 1916 transitive verb 1. a. to release or activate by means of a trigger; especially to fire by pulling a mechanical trigger <
trigger a rifle
>
b. to cause the explosion of <
trigger a missile with a proximity fuse
>
2. to initiate, actuate, or set off by a trigger <
an indiscreet remark that triggered a fight
>
<
a stimulus that triggered a reflex
>
intransitive verb to release a mechanical trigger

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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