One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of a mechanism) activated by a trigger.‘a triggered alarm’‘a triggered bomb’
- ‘When they arrived back at their home they discovered the source of the triggered alarm.’
- ‘The dancers respond to the triggered effects.’
- ‘If you hit the fire alarm, airtight doors descend, but only within five feet of the triggered alarm.’
- ‘It was too much of a coincidence for both an electronic disturbance and a triggered bomb to go off simultaneously.’
- ‘An employee cannot ignore a triggered clinical alarm.’
- 1.1 (of a response) caused by particular action, process, or situation.‘a triggered memory of his childhood’
- ‘See how feelings arise and how quickly we can associate them with any triggered emotions.’
- ‘He will soon have to choose between a triggered public option and no bill.’
- ‘Suddenly his unruffled middle age is disrupted by a triggered memory of his childhood.’
- ‘Some are increasingly concerned that others on the committee are calculating that they will be able to reverse the triggered cuts.’
- ‘"Perhaps its a composition of their own" I replied, like a secret agent replying to a triggered codephrase.’
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