[ uh-trip ]
/ əˈtrɪp /

adjective Nautical.

(of a sail) in position and ready for trimming.
(of a yard) hoisted and ready to be fastened in position.
(of an upper mast) unfastened and ready for lowering.

Origin of atrip

First recorded in 1620–30; a-1 + trip1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for atrip

  • As soon as the anchor was atrip, I rang the bell to go ahead.

    Down South|Oliver Optic
  • Her anchor was atrip, that is, the cable was hove short, showing that she was ready to sail at a moment's notice.

    Equatorial America|Maturin M. Ballou

British Dictionary definitions for atrip

/ (əˈtrɪp) /


(postpositive) nautical (of an anchor) no longer caught on the bottom; tripped; aweigh
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