trigger

/ˈtrɪgə / (say 'triguh)

noun
1. (in firearms) a small projecting tongue which when pressed by the finger liberates the mechanism and discharges the weapon.
2. a device, as a lever, the pulling or pressing of which releases a detent or spring.
3. Electronics any circuit which is used to set a system in operation by the application of a single pulse.
4. a stimulus or cause: the trigger for a general election.
verb (t) Also, trigger off.
5. to start or precipitate (something), as a chain of events or a scientific reaction: *takes only one person writing a letter to trigger off a chain reaction by people who have an axe to grind. –west australian, 1992.
{earlier tricker, from Dutch trekker, from trekken pull}
triggerless, adjective

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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