- 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
Related Words for trippedtopple, tumble, skip, slide, slip, stumble, canter, play, plunge, misstep, founder, buck, spring, lapse, miscalculate, disconcert, lurch, confuse, sprawl, lope
Examples from the Web for tripped
Contemporary Examples of tripped
Walking his normal mail route, Cheval tripped over a stone in the ground.The Postman Who Built a Palace in France…by Hand
November 20, 2014
So what if it finally stuck out its ugly foot and tripped him at age 71?Lou Reed Lives! Why the Man With the Rock ‘n’ Roll Heart Isn’t Dead
October 28, 2013
I really hate those 1990s interventions where you just tripped over stuff, which was like an ego-trip.The Writer and the Potter: Edmund De Waal on his New York Debut
September 12, 2013
Then, during the evening-gown competition, she tripped on her dress.15 Hilarious Pageant Moments
June 18, 2013
Greenwald would not understand the word “nuance” if he tripped over it, which he often does.Is Prism Really a Scandal?
Alan M. Dershowitz
June 9, 2013
Historical Examples of tripped
Teresina tripped away, and Casanova nodded to himself contentedly.Casanova's Homecoming
Then she said to the master of the dog, 'Mr Clennam, sir,' and tripped away.Little Dorrit
Then immediately after breakfast she tripped down the stairs into the courtyard.L'Assommoir
The morning was very beautiful as she tripped along in the pure snow.The Elm Tree Tales
F. Irene Burge Smith
He tripped over the captain's favorite footstool and fell to his knees.Cap'n Dan's Daughter
Joseph C. Lincoln
- 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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with trip
- triple threat
- trip the light fantastic
- trip up
- bad trip
- ego trip
- round trip