American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A long, three-pronged fork or weapon, especially a three-pronged spear used for fishing.
- n. Greek & Roman Mythology The three-pronged spear carried by Neptune or Poseidon.
- adj. Having three teeth, prongs, or similar protrusions.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any instrument of the form of fork with three prongs; specifically, a three-pronged fish-spear.
- n. A spear with three prongs, usually barb-pointed, forming a characteristic attribute of Poseidon (Neptune), the sea-god. See also cut under Poseidon.
- n. Hence, marine sovereignty; rule over the ocean or sea.
- n. In Roman antiquity, a three-pronged spear used by the retiarius in gladiatorial combats.
- n. In geometry, a crunodal plane cubic curve having the line at infinity for one of the tangents at the node, It was discovered and named by Descartes.
- n. A three-pronged spear somewhat resembling a pitchfork.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Class Myth.) A kind of scepter or spear with three prongs, -- the common attribute of Neptune.
- n. (Rom. Antiq.) A three-pronged spear or goad, used for urging horses; also, the weapon used by one class of gladiators.
- n. A three-pronged fish spear.
- n. (Geom.) A curve of third order, having three infinite branches in one direction and a fourth infinite branch in the opposite direction.
- adj. Having three teeth or prongs; tridentate.
- n. a spear with three prongs
- From Latin tridēns, from trēs ("three") + dēns ("tooth"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin tridēns, trident- : tri-, tri- + dēns, tooth. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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