Definitions of trip

  1. To run or step lightly; to stumble; to strike the foot against something, so as to stumble and fall; to err; to fail.
  2. Fig.: To overthrow by depriving of support; to put an obstacle in the way of; to obstruct; to cause to fail.
  3. To detect in a misstep; to catch; to convict.
  4. To raise ( an anchor) from the bottom, by its cable or buoy rope, so that it hangs free.
  5. To pull ( a yard) into a perpendicular position for lowering it.
  6. To release, let fall, or see free, as a weight or compressed spring, as by removing a latch or detent.
  7. 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.
  8. To execute with light, agile steps, as a dance; to cause to stumble; as, the loose board tripped him so that he fell; to cause to halt by getting in the way of; to catch in a mistake or deception; in machinery, to set free, as by pulling a catch, trigger, etc.
  9. To cause to stumble by striking one's feet from under him: to overthrow by taking away support: to catch:- pr. p. tripping; pa. t. and pa. p. tripped.
  10. To cause to stumble or fall.
  11. To cause ( one) to lose balance, stumble, or fall.
  12. To perform ( a dance) lightly or nimbly.
  13. Mech. To free; release, as a catch.
  14. To run or step lightly or nimbly; take short, quick steps; to skip; to make a misstep; to stumble; as, to trip over a board; to make a mistake or error, mentally or morally; as, he tripped in giving his answer.
  15. To move with short, light steps: to stumble and fall: to err: to fail.
  16. To step lightly and quickly; to stumble; err.
  17. put in motion or move to act; " trigger a reaction"; " actuate the circuits"
  18. miss a step and fall or nearly fall; " She stumbled over the tree root"
  19. To move with light and nimble steps.
  20. To stumble; err.
  21. To cause to fall by striking the feet suddenly from under the person; to overthrow; to catch; to detect.
  22. To run or step lightly or nimbly; to take short quick steps; to strike the foot against something so as to cause to fall or stumble; a false step; to cause to fall by striking the feet suddenly from under the person, with up, as " to trip up"; to overthrow or supplant; to fail; to err.
  23. Tripping.
  24. an accidental misstep threatening ( or causing) a fall; " he blamed his slip on the ice"; " the jolt caused many slips and a few spills"
  25. a light or nimble tread; " he heard the trip of women's feet overhead"
  26. a journey for some purpose ( usually including the return); " he took a trip to the shopping center"
  27. a catch mechanism that acts as a switch; " the pressure activates the tripper and releases the water"
  28. a hallucinatory experience induced by drugs; " an acid trip"
  29. 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"
  30. cause to stumble; " The questions on the test tripped him up"
  31. A quick, light step; a lively movement of the feet; a skip.
  32. A brief or rapid journey; an excursion or jaunt.
  33. A false step; a stumble; a misstep; a loss of footing or balance. Fig.: An error; a failure; a mistake.
  34. A small piece; a morsel; a bit.
  35. A stroke, or catch, by which a wrestler causes his antagonist to lose footing.
  36. A single board, or tack, in plying, or beating, to windward.
  37. A herd or flock, as of sheep, goats, etc.
  38. A troop of men; a host.
  39. A flock of widgeons.
  40. A quick, short step; a misstep or false step; mistake; journey or excursion; in machinery, a device that releases.
  41. A light, short step: a catch by which an antagonist is thrown: a false step: a mistake: a short voyage or journey.
  42. A tripping step; excursion; catch which causes a fall; stumble; error.
  43. A short journey; excursion.
  44. A stumble; blunder.
  45. A nimble step.
  46. A light short step; a brief journey or voyage; a stroke or catch by which a wrestler supplants his antagonist; a false step; a stumble; a mistake; a slight error arising from haste; a single board in plying to windward.
  47. A stumble or fall by striking the foot againt an objeet; a stroke or catch in wrestling; a failure; a mistake; a slight error; a journey or excursion; a short voyage or journey.
  48. To make a brief journey or pleasure excursion; as, to trip to Europe.
  49. To take a quick step, as when in danger of losing one's balance; hence, to make a false; to catch the foot; to lose footing; to stumble.
  50. Fig.: To be guilty of a misstep; to commit an offense against morality, propriety, or rule; to err; to mistake; to fail.
  51. 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.
  52. Tripped.