Trip

Definition of Trip

Pronunciation: trĭp
v. i.1.
[imp. & p. p. Tripped (trĭpt); 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.
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.
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.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.
These her women can trip me if I err.
- Shak.
4.(Naut.) To raise (an anchor) from the bottom, by its cable or buoy rope, so that it hangs free.
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.
n.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.
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.
8.A troop of men; a host.
9.(Zool.) A flock of widgeons.

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