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

  • n. A going from one place to another; a journey.
  • n. A stumble or fall.
  • n. A maneuver causing someone to stumble or fall.
  • n. A mistake.
  • n. Slang A hallucinatory experience induced by a psychedelic drug: an acid trip.
  • n. Slang An intense, stimulating, or exciting experience: a power trip.
  • n. Slang A usually temporary but absorbing interest or preoccupation: He's on another health food trip.
  • n. Slang A certain way of life or situation: "deny that his reclusiveness is some sort of deliberate star trip” ( Patricia Bosworth).
  • n. A light or nimble tread.
  • n. A device, such as a pawl, for triggering a mechanism.
  • n. The action of such a device.
  • intransitive v. To stumble.
  • intransitive v. To move nimbly with light rapid steps; skip.
  • intransitive v. To be released, as a tooth on an escapement wheel in a watch.
  • intransitive v. To make a trip.
  • intransitive v. To make a mistake: tripped up on the last question.
  • intransitive v. Slang To have a drug-induced hallucination.
  • transitive v. To cause to stumble or fall.
  • transitive v. To trap or catch in an error or inconsistency.
  • transitive v. To release (a catch, trigger, or switch), thereby setting something in operation.
  • transitive v. Nautical To raise (an anchor) from the bottom.
  • transitive v. Nautical To tip or turn (a yardarm) into a position for lowering.
  • transitive v. Nautical To lift (an upper mast) in order to remove the fid before lowering.
  • idiom trip the light fantastic To dance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A journey.
  • n. A stumble or misstep.
  • n. A period of time in which one experiences drug-induced reverie or hallucinations.
  • n. A faux pas, a social error.
  • n. Intense involvement in or enjoyment of a condition.
  • n. A mechanical or electrical cutout device
  • v. To fall over or stumble over an object as a result of striking it with one's foot.
  • v. To cause (a person or animal) to fall or stumble.
  • v. To activate or set in motion, as in the activation of a trap, explosive, or switch.
  • v. To be activated, as by a signal or an event.
  • v. To experience a state of reverie or to hallucinate, due to consuming psychoactive drugs.
  • v. To journey, to make a trip.
  • adj. Of or relating to trips.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A quick, light step; a lively movement of the feet; a skip.
  • n. A brief or rapid journey; an excursion or jaunt.
  • n. A false step; a stumble; a misstep; a loss of footing or balance. Fig.: An error; a failure; a mistake.
  • n. A small piece; a morsel; a bit.
  • n. A stroke, or catch, by which a wrestler causes his antagonist to lose footing.
  • n. A single board, or tack, in plying, or beating, to windward.
  • n. A herd or flock, as of sheep, goats, etc.
  • n. A troop of men; a host.
  • n. A flock of widgeons.
  • intransitive v. To move with light, quick steps; to walk or move lightly; to skip; to move the feet nimbly; -- sometimes followed by it. See It, 5.
  • intransitive v. To make a brief journey or pleasure excursion.
  • intransitive v. To take a quick step, as when in danger of losing one's balance; hence, to make a false step; to catch the foot; to lose footing; to stumble.
  • intransitive v. Fig.: To be guilty of a misstep; to commit an offense against morality, propriety, or rule; to err; to mistake; to fail.
  • transitive v. To cause to stumble, or take a false step; to cause to lose the footing, by striking the feet from under; to cause to fall; to throw off the balance; to supplant; -- often followed by up.
  • transitive v. To overthrow by depriving of support; to put an obstacle in the way of; to obstruct; to cause to fail.
  • transitive v. To detect in a misstep; to catch; to convict; also called trip up.
  • transitive v.
  • transitive v. To raise (an anchor) from the bottom, by its cable or buoy rope, so that it hangs free.
  • transitive v. To pull (a yard) into a perpendicular position for lowering it.
  • transitive v. To release, let fall, or set free, as a weight or compressed spring, as by removing a latch or detent; to activate by moving a release mechanism, often unintentionally.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To run or step lightly; skip, dance, or walk nimbly along; move with a quick, light tread.
  • To make a brisk movement with the feet; prance.
  • To take a voyage or journey; make a jaunt or excursion.
  • To stumble; strike the foot against something so as to lose the step and come near falling; make a false step; lose the footing.
  • Hence Figuratively, to make a false movement; err; go wrong; be guilty of an inconsistency or an inaccuracy.
  • To rush by: said of deer.
  • Synonyms Hop, Leap, etc. See skip.
  • To perform with a light or tripping step, as a dance.
  • To cause to stumble or fall, make a false step, or lose the footing by catching or entangling the feet or suddenly checking their free action: often followed by up.
  • To cause to stumble by placing an obstruction in the way; hence, to give a wrong turn to, or cause to halt or stumble, by presenting a mental or moral stumbling-block.
  • To catch in a fault, offense, or error; detect in a misstep or blunder.
  • Nautical: To loose, as an anchor from the bottom by means of its cable or buoy-rope.
  • To turn, as a yard, from a horizontal to a vertical position.
  • Theat., to double in the center: said of a drop so situated that there is not room enough to hoist it out of sight.
  • In mech.: To strike against, as a moving part against an obstruction.
  • To release suddenly, as the clutch of the windlass of a pile-driver, or the valve-closing mechanism in the trip-gear of a steam-engine, etc.
  • n. The set of mine cars run into or out of the mine as a unit or train.
  • n. A light, short step; a lively movement of the feet.
  • n. A journey or voyage; an excursion; a jaunt; specifically, in transportation, the performance of service one way over a route, the performance of service both ways being a round trip.
  • n. A sudden seizure or catch, as that by which a wrestler throws his antagonist.
  • n. A stumble by the loss of foothold or a striking of the foot against an object.
  • n. In machinery, a hitting of a moving part against some obstruction to its free movement.
  • n. A failure; an error; a blunder.
  • n. In the fisheries, the catch, take, or fare of fish caught during a voyage; the proceeds of a trip in fish.
  • n. Nautical, a single board or tack in plying to windward.
  • n. In coursing, an unsuccessful effort of the dogs to kill.
  • n. A small arch over a drain.
  • n. Synonyms Tour, Travel, etc. See journey.
  • n. A number of animals (rarely of persons) together; a flock.
  • n. Race; family.
  • n. A piece (?).
  • n. Three pence sterling.

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

  • n. an unintentional but embarrassing blunder
  • n. an accidental misstep threatening (or causing) a fall
  • n. a light or nimble tread
  • v. miss a step and fall or nearly fall
  • v. get high, stoned, or drugged
  • n. an exciting or stimulating experience
  • n. a journey for some purpose (usually including the return)
  • v. put in motion or move to act
  • v. make a trip for pleasure
  • n. a hallucinatory experience induced by drugs
  • v. cause to stumble
  • n. a catch mechanism that acts as a switch


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

Middle English, act of tripping, from trippen, to trip, from Old French tripper, to stamp the foot, of Germanic origin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French tripper (noun is from the verb), from a Frankish source: compare Middle Dutch trippen, Middle Low German trippen (Danish trippe), Frisian tripje.


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  • Contronymic in the sense: go along lightly vs. stumble.

    January 31, 2007