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trident

[ trahyd-nt ]
/ ˈtraɪd nt /
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noun
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.
Trident, Military. a 34-foot (10-meter) submarine-launched U.S. ballistic missile with eight to ten warheads and a range of 6,500 miles (10,459 km).
adjective
Also tri·den·tal [trahy-den-tl]. /traɪˈdɛn tl/. having three prongs or tines.
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Origin of trident

First recorded in 1580–90; from Latin trident- (stem of tridēns ) “having three teeth”; see tri-, dent2
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British Dictionary definitions for trident (1 of 2)

trident
/ (ˈtraɪdənt) /

noun
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
adjective
having three prongs

Word Origin for trident

C16: from Latin tridēns three-pronged, from tri- + dēns tooth

British Dictionary definitions for trident (2 of 2)

Trident
/ (ˈtraɪdənt) /

noun
a type of US submarine-launched ballistic missile with independently targetable warheads
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