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. Scott)

2. A brief or rapid journey; an excursion or jaunt. "I took a trip to London on the death of the queen." (Pope)

3. A false step; a stumble; a misstep; a loss of footing or balance. An error; a failure; a mistake. "Imperfect words, with childish trips." (Milton) "Each seeming trip, and each digressive start." (Harte)

4. A small piece; a morsel; a bit. "A trip of cheese."

5. A stroke, or catch, by which a wrestler causes his antagonist to lose footing. "And watches with a trip his foe to foil." (Dryden) "It is the sudden trip in wrestling that fetches a man to the ground." (South)

6. A single board, or tack, in plying, or beating, to windward.

7. A herd or flock, as of sheep, goats, etc.

8. A troop of men; a host.

9. <zoology> A flock of widgeons.

(01 Mar 1998)

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