Definitions

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

  • noun Trigonometry.
  • 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.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • To dress; trick: with up.
  • To fill; stuff; cram.
  • To act as an obstacle or check; act as a brake. See trig, n., 3.
  • noun An abbreviation of trigonometrical; of trigonometry.
  • Full.

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

  • transitive verb obsolete To fill; to stuff; to cram.
  • transitive verb To stop, as a wheel, by placing something under it; to scotch; to skid.
  • adjective Prov. Eng. & Scot. Full; also, trim; neat.
  • 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