- a projecting object mounted on a moving part for striking a control lever to stop, reverse, or otherwise control the actions of some machine, as a milling machine or printing press.
- a sudden release or start.
- an instance or period of being under the influence of a hallucinogenic drug, especially LSD.
- the euphoria, illusions, etc., experienced during such a period.
- any stimulating or exciting experience: The class reunion was a real trip.
- any intense interest or preoccupation: She's been on a nostalgia trip all week.
- a period of time, experience, or lifestyle: Those early years in college were a bad trip.
verb (used without object), tripped, trip·ping.
verb (used with object), tripped, trip·ping.
- to break out (an anchor) by turning over or lifting from the bottom by a line (tripping line) attached to the anchor's crown.
- to tip or turn (a yard) from a horizontal to a vertical position.
- to lift (an upper mast) before lowering.
Origin of trip1
Synonyms for trip
- any catch on a mechanism that acts as a switch
- (as modifier)trip button
verb trips, tripping or tripped
- to activate (a mechanical trip)
- trip a switchto switch electric power off by moving the switch armature to disconnect the supply
Word Origin for trip
late 14c. (implied in tripper), "tread or step lightly, skip, caper," from Old French tripper "strike with the feet" (12c.), from a Germanic source (cf. Middle Dutch trippen "to skip, trip, hop," Low German trippeln, Frisian tripje, Dutch trappen, Old English treppan "to tread, trample") related to trap.
The sense of "strike with the foot and cause to stumble" is first recorded early 15c. Meaning "to release" (a catch, lever, etc.) is recorded from 1897; trip-wire is attested from 1916. Related: Tripped; tripping.
"act or action of tripping," 1650s, from trip (v.); sense of "a short journey or voyage" is from 1690s, originally a nautical term, the connection is uncertain. The meaning "psychedelic drug experience" is first recorded 1959 as a noun; the verb in this sense is from 1966, from the noun.
trip the light fantastic
Dance, as in Let's go out tonight and trip the light fantastic. This expression was originated by John Milton in L'Allegro (1632): “Come and trip it as ye go, On the light fantastick toe.” The idiom uses trip in the sense of “a light, tripping step,” and although fantastick was never the name of any particular dance, it survived and was given revived currency in James W. Blake's immensely popular song, The Sidewalks of New York (1894).
In addition to the idioms beginning with trip
- triple threat
- trip the light fantastic
- trip up
- bad trip
- ego trip
- round trip