a traveling from one place to another:my weekly trip to the bank.
a run made by a boat, train, or the like between two points:The trip takes just two hours by ferry.
a misstep, as by catching one's foot.
Drugsan instance of being under the influence of a hallucinogenic drug, esp. LSD.
an exciting experience.
something that keeps one occupied:She's been on a nostalgia trip all week.
to (cause to) stumble: [no object]to trip on one of the toys.[~ + object]stuck out his foot and tripped her.
to (cause to) make a slip or mistake, as in conversation or conduct: [~ + up + object]The lawyer tried his best to trip up the witness.[~ + object + up]to trip him up.[no object; ~ + up]During his speech he tripped up when he confused the Balkan states and the Baltic states.
to step lightly or nimbly; skip:[no object]tripping gaily down the path.
Slang Termsto be under the influence of a hallucinogenic drug, esp. LSD:[no object; (~ + out)]She claimed she was tripping (out) on acid and saw monsters crawling on her arm.
trip1(trip),USA pronunciationn., v.,tripped, trip•ping. n.
a journey or voyage:to win a trip to Paris.
a journey, voyage, or run made by a boat, train, bus, or the like, between two points:It's a short trip from Baltimore to Philadelphia.
See round trip (defs. 1, 2).
a single journey or course of travel taken as part of one's duty, work, etc.:his daily trip to the bank.
a stumble; misstep.
a sudden impeding or catching of a person's foot so as to throw the person down, esp. in wrestling.
a slip, mistake, error, or blunder.
an error or lapse in conduct or etiquette.
a light, nimble step or movement of the feet.
Mechanical Engineeringa projecting object mounted on a moving part for striking a control lever to stop, reverse, or otherwise control the actions of some machine, as a milling machine or printing press.
Mechanical Engineeringa sudden release or start.
a catch of fish taken by a fishing vessel in a single voyage.
Drugsan instance or period of being under the influence of a hallucinogenic drug, esp. LSD.
the euphoria, illusions, etc., experienced during such a period.
any stimulating or exciting experience:The class reunion was a real trip.
any intense interest or preoccupation:She's been on a nostalgia trip all week.
a period of time, experience, or lifestyle:Those early years in college were a bad trip.
lay a trip on,[Slang.]to inflict one's preoccupations or obsessions on (another person):Mother's been trying to lay a guilt trip on me about leaving home.
to stumble:to trip over a child's toy.
to make a slip, error, or mistake, as in conversation or conduct.
to step lightly or nimbly; skip; dance.
to go with a light, quick step or tread:She tripped gaily across the room.
to make a journey or excursion.
to tip or tilt.
Time[Horol.](of a tooth on an escape wheel) to slide past the face of the pallet by which it is supposed to be locked and strike the pallet in such a way as to move the balance or pendulum improperly.
Slang Termsto be under the influence of a hallucinogenic drug, esp. LSD (often fol. by out):He tripped out on peyote.
to cause to stumble (often fol. by up):The rug tripped him up.
to cause to fail; hinder, obstruct, or overthrow.
to cause to make a slip or error (often fol. by up):to trip up a witness by skillful questioning.
to catch in a slip or error.
to tip or tilt.
Nauticalto break out (an anchor) by turning over or lifting from the bottom by a line (tripping line) attached to the anchor's crown.
Naval Termsto tip or turn (a yard) from a horizontal to a vertical position.
Naval Termsto lift (an upper mast) before lowering.
Mechanical Engineeringto operate, start, or set free (a mechanism, weight, etc.) by suddenly releasing a catch, clutch, or the like.
Mechanical Engineering[Mach.]to release or operate suddenly (a catch, clutch, etc.).
wedge (def. 17).
to tread or dance lightly upon (the ground, floor, etc.).
[Archaic.]to perform with a light or tripping step, as a dance.
trip the light fantastic,[Facetious.]to go dancing.
Middle Dutch; compare early Dutch trippen, Dutch trippelen (frequentative with -el), akin to Old English treppan to tread
Old French trip(p)er
1350–1400; 1960–65 for def. 12; Middle English trippen to step lightly
1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged excursion, tour, jaunt, junket. Trip,expedition,journey,pilgrimage,voyage are terms for a course of travel made to a particular place, usually for some specific purpose. Trip is the general word, indicating going any distance and returning, by walking or any means of locomotion, for either business or pleasure, and in either a hurried or a leisurely manner:a trip to Europe; a vacation trip; a bus trip.An expedition, made often by an organized company, is designed to accomplish a specific purpose:an archaeological expedition.Journey indicates a trip of considerable length, wholly or mainly by land, for business or pleasure or other reasons, and is now applied to travel that is more leisurely or more fatiguing than a trip; a return is not necessarily indicated:the long journey to Tibet.A pilgrimage is made as to a shrine, from motives of piety or veneration:a pilgrimage to Lourdes.A voyage is travel by water or air, usually for a long distance and for business or pleasure; if by water, leisure is indicated:a voyage around the world.
7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged lapse, oversight.
15.See corresponding entry in Unabridged bungle, blunder, err.
trip2(trip),USA pronunciationn.[Brit. Dial.]
British Termsa group of animals, as sheep, goats, or fowl; flock.
1275–1325; Middle English; apparently special use of trip1 in the sense of a group moving together, hence gang, flock