- a three-pronged instrument or weapon.
- Roman History. a three-pronged spear used by a retiarius in gladiatorial combats.
- Classical Mythology. the three-pronged spear forming a characteristic attribute of the sea god Poseidon, or Neptune.
- a fish spear having three prongs.
- (initial capital letter) Military. a 34-foot (10-meter) submarine-launched U.S. ballistic missile with eight to ten warheads and a range of 6500 miles (10,459 km).
- Also tri·den·tal [trahy-den-tl] /traɪˈdɛn tl/. having three prongs or tines.
Origin of trident
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for trident
In January 2008, Mullaney formed Trident Financial Holdings & Acquisitions, LLC.The Navy SEAL Who Swindled His Brothers
September 12, 2014
But Clegg was effective with his specific and repeated call to cut the budget for the Trident nuclear-submarine program.Britain's Version of 'Yes We Can'
April 15, 2010
To my mind it looketh as much like Neptune's trident as aught else.Standish of Standish
Jane G. Austin
(c) Conventionalized lily—the prototype of the trident and the thunder-weapon.The Evolution of the Dragon
G. Elliot Smith
I struck her with this, my trident, on the left leg, if memory serves me.Vikram and the Vampire
Richard F. Burton
They say, indeed, it is not built on the earth, but on a point of Shiva's trident.Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877
On the head is a short, broad, flattened horn, ending in a trident.The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles
Jean Henri Fabre
- a three-pronged spear, originally from the East
- (in Greek and Roman mythology) the three-pronged spear that the sea god Poseidon (Neptune) is represented as carrying
- a three-pronged instrument, weapon, or symbol
- having three prongs
C16: from Latin tridēns three-pronged, from tri- + dēns tooth
- a type of US submarine-launched ballistic missile with independently targetable warheads
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for trident
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper