Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Smart and trim, as in appearance; neat.
  • transitive verb To make trim or neat, especially in dress.
  • transitive verb To stop (a wheel) from rolling, as with a wedge.
  • noun Trigonometry.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An abbreviation of trigonometrical; of trigonometry.
  • To dress; trick: with up.
  • To act as an obstacle or check; act as a brake. See trig, n., 3.
  • Full.
  • To fill; stuff; cram.
  • True; trusty; trustworthy; faithful.
  • Safe; secure.
  • Tight; firm; sound; in good condition or health.
  • Neat; tidy; trim; spruce; smart.
  • Active; clever.
  • noun A dandy; a coxcomb.
  • noun Material, such as gravel or hay, placed on a slippery declivity on a road to check the motion of a sled passing over n.
  • To trudge; trundle along.
  • 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun The mark at which the player stands in the game of ninepins or bowls. Halliwell. See trig, verb, 3.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb obsolete To fill; to stuff; to cram.
  • adjective Prov. Eng. & Scot. Full; also, trim; neat.
  • transitive verb To stop, as a wheel, by placing something under it; to scotch; to skid.
  • noun engraving A stone, block of wood, or anything else, placed under a wheel or barrel to prevent motion; a scotch; a skid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun the mathematics of triangles and trigonometric functions
  • adjective neat and smart in appearance

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, true, from Old Norse tryggr, loyal, true; see deru- in Indo-European roots.]

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

[Perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse tryggr, firm; see trig.]

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See trigger.

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Abbreviation of trigonometry.

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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.

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  • I see again his dark, manly countenance lighted up by his keen brown eyes; his Roman features; his closely curling hair; his intellectual forehead and pleasant smile, and his very neat, "trig" appearance.

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  • Jennie has some touch of that greatness; Dreiser is forever calling her "a big woman"; it is a refrain almost as irritating as the "trig" of "The Titan."

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  • Though the studies have not been conducted to determine recommended consumption amounts, scientists say the compound, called trigonelline or "trig," may be a factor in estrogen-dependent breast cancer but beneficial against colon cancer development.

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  • "The important thing to get from this is that 'trig' has the ability to act like a hormone," said Dr. Clinton Allred, AgriLife Research nutrition scientist.

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  • He added that "trig" is in coffee beans, though in different amounts depending on the variety of coffee bean.

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  • original meaning of firm true in Norse

    February 25, 2007