trip

When you trip, you stumble or lose your footing. As a noun, a trip is a journey or outing, like your trip to the library yesterday or your trip to Japan last summer.

You can trip over a bump in the sidewalk, and you can also trip another person, or make them stumble (although it's not very nice to do so on purpose). The 14th-century meaning of the verb was "tread lightly and nimbly, dance, or caper." Experts aren't quite sure how trip got from that to "awkwardly stumble."

Primary Meanings of trip

1.
vn
miss a step and fall or nearly fall
an accidental misstep threatening (or causing) a fall
2.
nv
a journey for some purpose (usually including the return)
make a trip for pleasure
3.
vn
put in motion or move to act
a catch mechanism that acts as a switch
Full Definitions of trip
1

v miss a step and fall or nearly fall

Synonyms:
stumble
Types:
founder
stumble and nearly fall
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

v cause to stumble

“The questions on the test tripped him up”
Synonyms:
trip up

n an accidental misstep threatening (or causing) a fall

Synonyms:
slip
Types:
fall, spill, tumble
a sudden drop from an upright position
pratfall
a fall onto your buttocks
wipeout
a spill in some sport (as a fall from a bicycle or while skiing or being capsized on a surfboard)
Type of:
misadventure, mischance, mishap
an instance of misfortune

n an unintentional but embarrassing blunder

“he recited the whole poem without a single trip
“he arranged his robes to avoid a trip-up later”
Synonyms:
misstep, stumble, trip-up
Type of:
bloomer, blooper, blunder, boo-boo, botch, bungle, flub, foul-up, pratfall
an embarrassing mistake

n a light or nimble tread

“he heard the trip of women's feet overhead”
Type of:
step
the act of changing location by raising the foot and setting it down
2

n a journey for some purpose (usually including the return)

“he took a trip to the shopping center”
Types:
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flight
a scheduled trip by plane between designated airports
junket
a trip taken by an official at public expense
round trip
a trip to some place and back again
run
a regular trip
run
a short trip
trek
any long and difficult trip
errand
a short trip that is taken in the performance of a necessary task or mission
service call
a trip made by a repairman to visit the location of something in need of service
connecting flight
a flight with an intermediate stop and a change of aircraft (possibly a change of airlines)
direct flight
a flight with one or more intermediate stops but no change of aircraft
domestic flight
a flight that begins and ends in the same country
international flight
a flight that takes off in one country and lands in another
nonstop, nonstop flight
a flight made without intermediate stops between source and destination
redeye, redeye flight
a night flight from which the passengers emerge with eyes red from lack of sleep
Type of:
journey, journeying
the act of traveling from one place to another

n an exciting or stimulating experience

Synonyms:
head trip
Type of:
experience
an event as apprehended

n a hallucinatory experience induced by drugs

“an acid trip
Type of:
hallucination
illusory perception; a common symptom of severe mental disorder

v make a trip for pleasure

Synonyms:
jaunt, travel
Types:
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junket, junketeer
go on a pleasure trip
travel to, visit
go to certain places as for sightseeing
journey, travel
undertake a journey or trip
ply, run
travel a route regularly
commute
travel back and forth regularly, as between one's place of work and home
peregrinate
travel around, through, or over, especially on foot
live out, sleep out
work in a house where one does not live
sightsee
visit famous or interesting sights
frequent, haunt
be a regular or frequent visitor to a certain place
tour
make a tour of a certain place
globe-trot
travel all over the world for pleasure and sightseeing
sledge
ride in or travel with a sledge
navigate, sail, voyage
travel on water propelled by wind or by other means
trek
make a long and difficult journey
trek
journey on foot, especially in the mountains

v get high, stoned, or drugged

“He trips every weekend”
3

v put in motion or move to act

Synonyms:
activate, actuate, set off, spark, spark off, touch off, trigger, trigger off
Type of:
initiate, pioneer
take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of

n a catch mechanism that acts as a switch

Synonyms:
tripper
Type of:
catch, stop
a restraint that checks the motion of something

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