Entry 1 of 2 1 a : a piece such as a lever connected with a catch or detent as a means of releasing it especially : the part of the action moved by the finger to fire a gun b : a similar movable part by which a mechanism is actuated trigger of a spray gun 2 : something that acts like a mechanical trigger in initiating a process or reaction trigger. The timer was set to trigger the bomb in exactly one hour. His remarks triggered a public outcry. Certain foods trigger his headaches. The power outage was triggered by heavy rains.
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People felt that crossed all lines, and then it became a story, so there are tipping points that trigger a public response. I was the one to trigger the detonator, and for that I take full responsibility. Even private institutions, which most likely have less bureaucratic hurdles to deal with, have been slow to pull the trigger. But witnesses say Muataz definitely was the shooter, and he even went so far as to apologize to Glick before pulling the trigger. But this Pavlovian trigger cannot be effective indefinitely. But it was too late: the finger had pulled the trigger and the ball sped true. His finger tightened on the trigger , but he caught himself in time. I raised mine to my shoulder, and pointing it toward a conspicuous savage, pulled the trigger.
The news of his death triggered more violence. You find that strangely familiar smells trigger memories of childhood. The report has triggered a fierce response from the governor. A sensor had triggered the security camera. Definition and synonyms of trigger from the online English dictionary from Macmillan Education.