Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Smart and trim, as in appearance; neat.
  • adj. Being in good condition.
  • transitive v. To make trim or neat, especially in dress.
  • transitive v. To stop (a wheel) from rolling, as with a wedge.
  • transitive v. To prop up; support.
  • n. A wedge or other braking device.
  • n. Trigonometry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. True; trusty; trustworthy; faithful.
  • adj. Safe; secure.
  • adj. Tight; firm; steady; sound; in good condition or health.
  • adj. Neat; tidy; trim; spruce; smart.
  • adj. Active; clever.
  • n. A dandy; coxcomb.
  • n. trigonometry.
  • n. A trigonometric point.
  • n. A stone, block of wood, or anything else, placed under a wheel or barrel to prevent motion; a scotch; a skid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Full; also, trim; neat.
  • n. A stone, block of wood, or anything else, placed under a wheel or barrel to prevent motion; a scotch; a skid.
  • transitive v. To fill; to stuff; to cram.
  • transitive v. To stop, as a wheel, by placing something under it; to scotch; to skid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To act as an obstacle or check; act as a brake. See trig, n., 3.
  • True; trusty; trustworthy; faithful.
  • Safe; secure.
  • Tight; firm; sound; in good condition or health.
  • Neat; tidy; trim; spruce; smart.
  • Active; clever.
  • n. A dandy; a coxcomb.
  • To dress; trick: with up.
  • To fill; stuff; cram.
  • Full.
  • To stop; obstruct; specifically, to skid; stop (a wheel) by putting a stone, log, or other obstacle in the way.
  • To prop; hold up.
  • To set a mark on, as a standing-place for the player in the game of ninepins.
  • To trudge; trundle along.
  • n. Material, such as gravel or hay, placed on a slippery declivity on a road to check the motion of a sled passing over n.
  • n. An abbreviation of trigonometrical; of trigonometry.
  • n. An obstacle; a prop; a skid; a brake-shoe for a wheel to ride upon in descending steep hills; a small wedge or block used to prevent a cask from rolling.
  • n. The mark at which the player stands in the game of ninepins or bowls. Halliwell. See trig, verb, 3.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the mathematics of triangles and trigonometric functions
  • adj. neat and smart in appearance

Etymologies

Middle English, true, from Old Norse tryggr, loyal, true.
Perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse tryggr, firm.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English trig, tryg, Old Norse tryggr ("loyal, faithful, true"), from Proto-Germanic *triwwiz (“loyal, faithful, true”). Cognate with Old English trēowe ("faithful, loyal, true"). More at true. (Wiktionary)
Abbreviation of trigonometry. (Wiktionary)
See trigger. (Wiktionary)

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  • original meaning of firm true in Norse

    February 25, 2007