Trip (?), v. i. [imp. & p.
p. Tripped (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
Tripping.] [OE. trippen; akin to D. trippen, Dan.
trippe, and E. tramp. See Tramp.]
1. 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.
This horse anon began to trip and dance.
Come, and trip it, as you go, Milton.
On the light fantastic toe.
She bounded by, and tripped so light Dryden.
They had not time to take a steady sight.
2. To make a brief journey or pleasure excursion;
as, to trip to Europe.
3. 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.
4. Fig.: To be guilty of a misstep; to commit an
offense against morality, propriety, or rule; to err; to mistake; to
fail. "Till his tongue trip." Locke.
A blind will thereupon comes to be led by a blind
understanding; there is no remedy, but it must trip and
Virgil is so exact in every word that none can be changed
but for a worse; he pretends sometimes to trip, but it is to make
you think him in danger when most secure. Dryden.
What? dost thou verily trip upon a word?
Trip, v. t. 1. 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; as, to trip up a man in
The words of Hobbes's defense trip up the heels of
his cause. Abp. Bramhall.
2. Fig.: To overthrow by depriving of support; to
put an obstacle in the way of; to obstruct; to cause to fail.
To trip the course of law, and blunt the
3. To detect in a misstep; to catch; to
These her women can trip me if I err.
4. (Naut.) (a) To raise (an
anchor) from the bottom, by its cable or buoy rope, so that it hangs
free. (b) To pull (a yard) into a perpendicular
position for lowering it.
5. (Mach.) To release, let fall, or set
free, as a weight or compressed spring, as by removing a latch or
Trip, n. 1. A quick,
light step; a lively movement of the feet; a skip.
His heart bounded as he sometimes could hear the trip
of a light female step glide to or from the door. Sir W.
2. A brief or rapid journey; an excursion or
I took a trip to London on the death of the
3. A false step; a stumble; a misstep; a loss of
footing or balance. Fig.: An error; a failure; a mistake.
Imperfect words, with childish trips.
Each seeming trip, and each digressive
4. A small piece; a morsel; a bit. [Obs.] "A
trip of cheese." Chaucer.
5. A stroke, or catch, by which a wrestler causes
his antagonist to lose footing.
And watches with a trip his foe to foil.
It is the sudden trip in wrestling that fetches a man
to the ground. South.
6. (Naut.) A single board, or tack, in
plying, or beating, to windward.
7. A herd or flock, as of sheep, goats, etc.
[Prov. Eng. & Scott.]
8. A troop of men; a host. [Obs.] Robert
9. (Zoöl.) A flock of