- The definition of a trip is the act of going someplace and returning, especially on a vacation.
- An example of a trip is when you go to the store and come back.
- An example of a trip is when you go to Hawaii for vacation.
- Trip is defined as to catch your foot or someone else's on something and stumble or fall, or to make a mistake or to catch someone else in a mistake.
- An example of trip is when you catch your foot on an extension cord as you walk across the room and stumble.
- An example of trip is when you stick your foot out as someone walks by, getting in his way and causing him to stumble.
- An example of trip is when you trip up and add two numbers wrong.
- An example of trip is when you try to trip someone up or catch him in a mistake by repeatedly asking the same question in different ways.
intransitive verbtripped, trip′ping
- to walk, run, or dance with light, rapid steps; skip; caper
- to stumble, esp. by catching the foot
- to make a false step, inaccuracy, or mistake; err
- to falter in speaking
- to run past the pallet of the escapement without catching: said of a tooth of the escapement wheel of a watch
- Rare to take a trip; journey
- Slang to experience a trip (noun)
Origin of tripMiddle English trippen from Old French treper from Germanic an unverified form trippon (from source Old English treppan, to step): see trap
- to make stumble, esp. by catching the foot: sometimes with up
- to cause to make a false step or mistake
- to cause to fail or stop; obstruct
- to catch (a person) in a lie, error, etc.: often with up
- to release (a spring, wheel, or other mechanical part), as by the action of a detent
- to start or operate (a mechanism) by this
- Now Rare to perform (a dance) lightly and nimbly
- Naut. to raise (an anchor) clear of the bottom
- a light, quick tread
- a traveling from one place to another; journey, esp. a short one; excursion, jaunt, etc.
- a going to a place and returning: made three trips to the kitchen
- a stumble
- a maneuver for causing someone to stumble or fall, as by catching the foot
- a mistake; blunder
- any mechanical contrivance for tripping a part, as a pawl
- its action
- an experience or period of euphoria, hallucinations, etc. induced by a psychedelic drug, esp. LSD
- an experience that is pleasing, exciting, unusual, etc.
- any activity, mode of conduct, state of mind, etc.: a spiritual trip
trip the light fantastic
Origin of tripexcerpted, with altered part of speech, from two lines of “L'Allegro,” poem (1645) by John Milton: “Come, and trip it as ye go / On the light fantastic toe”
Origin of TRIPtr(ansformation-)i(nduced) p(lasticity)
- A going from one place to another; a journey.
- A stumble or fall.
- A maneuver causing someone to stumble or fall.
- A mistake.
- Slang a. A hallucinatory experience induced by a psychedelic drug: an acid trip.b. An intense, stimulating, or exciting experience: a power trip.
- Slang a. A usually temporary but absorbing interest or preoccupation: He's on another health food trip.b. A certain way of life or situation: “deny that his reclusiveness is some sort of deliberate star trip” ( Patricia Bosworth )
- A light or nimble tread.
- a. A device, such as a pawl, for triggering a mechanism.b. The action of such a device.
verbtripped, trip·ping, trips
- To stumble.
- To move nimbly with light rapid steps; skip.
- To be released, as a tooth on an escapement wheel in a watch.
- To make a trip.
- To make a mistake: tripped up on the last question.
- Slang To have a drug-induced hallucination.
- To cause to stumble or fall.
- To trap or catch in an error or inconsistency.
- To release (a catch, trigger, or switch), thereby setting something in operation.
- Nautical a. To raise (an anchor) from the bottom.b. To tip or turn (a yardarm) into a position for lowering.c. To lift (an upper mast) in order to remove the fid before lowering.
Origin of tripMiddle English act of tripping from trippen to trip from Old French tripper to stamp the foot of Germanic origin
- A journey; an excursion or jaunt.
- We made a trip to the beach.
- A stumble or misstep.
- He was injured due to a trip down the stairs.
- (figuratively) An error; a failure; a mistake.
- A period of time in which one experiences drug-induced reverie or hallucinations.
- He had a strange trip after taking LSD.
- A faux pas, a social error.
- Intense involvement in or enjoyment of a condition.
- ego trip; power trip; nostalgia trip; guilt trip
- (engineering) A mechanical or electrical cutout device.
- It's dark because the trip operated.
- A quick, light step; a lively movement of the feet; a skip.
- trip the light fantastic
- The act of tripping someone, or causing them to lose their footing.
- (nautical) A single board, or tack, in plying, or beating, to windward.
- A flock of wigeons.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(third-person singular simple present trips, present participle tripping, simple past and past participle tripped)
- (intransitive) To fall over or stumble over an object as a result of striking it with one's foot.
- Be careful not to trip on the tree roots.
- (sometimes followed by "up") To cause (a person or animal) to fall or stumble.
- A pedestrian was able to trip the burglar as he was running away.
- (intransitive) To be guilty of a misstep or mistake; to commit an offence against morality, propriety, etc.
- To activate or set in motion, as in the activation of a trap, explosive, or switch.
- When we get into the factory, trip the lights.
- (intransitive) To be activated, as by a signal or an event.
- The alarm system tripped, throwing everyone into a panic.
- (intransitive) To experience a state of reverie or to hallucinate, due to consuming psychoactive drugs.
- After taking the LSD, I started tripping about fairies and colors.
- (intransitive) To journey, to make a trip.
- Last summer we tripped to the coast.
- (intransitive, dated) To move with light, quick steps; to walk or move lightly; to skip.
- (nautical) To raise (an anch) from the bottom, by its cable or buoy rope, so that it hangs free.
- (nautical) To pull (a yard) into a perpendicular position for lowering it.
- (poker slang) Of or relating to trips.