Trip, v. t.
1. To cause to stumble, or take a false step; to cause to lose the footing, by striking the feet from under; to cause to fall; to throw off the balance; to supplant; -- often followed by up; as, to trip up a man in wrestling.
The words of Hobbes's defense trip up the heels of his cause. --Abp. Bramhall.
2. (Fig.): To overthrow by depriving of support; to put an obstacle in the way of; to obstruct; to cause to fail.
To trip the course of law, and blunt the sword. --Shak.
3. To detect in a misstep; to catch; to convict; also called trip up. [R.]
These her women can trip me if I err. --Shak.
4. Naut. (a) To raise (an anchor) from the bottom, by its cable or buoy rope, so that it hangs free. (b) To pull (a yard) into a perpendicular position for lowering it.
5. Mach. To release, let fall, or set free, as a weight or compressed spring, as by removing a latch or detent; to activate by moving a release mechanism, often unintentionally; as, to trip an alarm.
Trip v. i. [imp. & p. p. Tripped p. pr. & vb. n. Tripping.]
1. To move with light, quick steps; to walk or move lightly; to skip; to move the feet nimbly; -- sometimes followed by it. See It, 5.
This horse anon began to trip and dance. --Chaucer.
Come, and trip it, as you go,
On the light fantastic toe. --Milton.
She bounded by, and tripped so light
They had not time to take a steady sight. --Dryden.
2. To make a brief journey or pleasure excursion; as, to trip to Europe.
3. To take a quick step, as when in danger of losing one's balance; hence, to make a false step; to catch the foot; to lose footing; to stumble.
4. Fig.: To be guilty of a misstep; to commit an offense against morality, propriety, or rule; to err; to mistake; to fail. “Till his tongue trip.”
A blind will thereupon comes to be led by a blind understanding; there is no remedy, but it must trip and stumble. --South.
Virgil is so exact in every word that none can be changed but for a worse; he pretends sometimes to trip, but it is to make you think him in danger when most secure. --Dryden.
What? dost thou verily trip upon a word? --R. Browning.
1. A quick, light step; a lively movement of the feet; a skip.
His heart bounded as he sometimes could hear the trip of a light female step glide to or from the door. --Sir W. Scott.
2. A brief or rapid journey; an excursion or jaunt.
I took a trip to London on the death of the queen. --Pope.
3. A false step; a stumble; a misstep; a loss of footing or balance. Fig.: An error; a failure; a mistake.
Imperfect words, with childish trips. --Milton.
Each seeming trip, and each digressive start. --Harte.
4. A small piece; a morsel; a bit. [Obs.] “A trip of cheese.”
5. A stroke, or catch, by which a wrestler causes his antagonist to lose footing.
And watches with a trip his foe to foil. --Dryden.
It is the sudden trip in wrestling that fetches a man to the ground. --South.
6. Naut. A single board, or tack, in plying, or beating, to windward.
7. A herd or flock, as of sheep, goats, etc. [Prov. Eng. & Scott.]
8. A troop of men; a host. [Obs.]
9. Zool. A flock of widgeons.
n 1: a journey for some purpose (usually including the return);
"he took a trip to the shopping center"
2: a hallucinatory experience induced by drugs; "an acid trip"
3: an accidental misstep threatening (or causing) a fall; "he
blamed his slip on the ice"; "the jolt caused many slips
and a few spills" [syn: slip]
4: an exciting or stimulting experience [syn: head trip]
5: a catch mechanism that acts as a switch; "the pressure
activates the tripper and releases the water" [syn: tripper]
6: a light or nimble tread; "he heard the trip of women's feet
7: an unintentional but embarrassing blunder; "he recited the
whole poem without a single trip"; "he arranged his robes
to avoid a trip-up later"; "confusion caused his
unfortunate misstep" [syn: trip-up, stumble, misstep]
v 1: miss a step and fall or nearly fall; "She stumbled over the
tree root" [syn: stumble]
2: cause to stumble; "The questions on the test tripped him up"
[syn: trip up]
3: make a trip for pleasure [syn: travel, jaunt]
4: put in motion or move to act; "trigger a reaction"; "actuate
the circuits" [syn: actuate, trigger, activate, set
off, spark off, spark, trigger off, touch off]
5: get high, stoned, or drugged; "He trips every weekend" [syn:
trip out, turn on, get off]
[also: tripping, tripped]