Trig"ger(?), n. [For older tricker, from D. trekker, fr. trekken to draw, pull. See Trick, n.] 1. A catch to hold the wheel of a carriage on a declivity.
(Mech.) A piece, as a lever, which is connected with a catch or detent as a means of releasing it; especially
(Firearms), the part of a lock which is moved by the finger to release the cock and discharge the piece.
(Zol.), a large plectognath fish (Balistes Carolinensis or Balistes capriscus) common on the southern coast of the United States, and valued as a food fish in some localities. Its rough skin is used for scouring and polishing in the place of sandpaper. Called also
leather jacket, and
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