trident

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n trident a spear with three prongs
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Over 4.5 billion sticks have Trident gum have been chewed. If the stick of gum were laid out end to end they could circle the globe approximately 1.8 times
    • Trident (Geom) A curve of third order, having three infinite branches in one direction and a fourth infinite branch in the opposite direction.
    • Trident (Class Myth) A kind of scepter or spear with three prongs, -- the common attribute of Neptune.
    • Trident A three-pronged fish spear.
    • Trident (Rom. Antiq) A three-pronged spear or goad, used for urging horses; also, the weapon used by one class of gladiators.
    • a Trident Having three teeth or prongs; tridentate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n trident Any instrument of the form of a fork with three prongs; specifically, a three-pronged fish-spear.
    • n trident A spear with three prongs, usually barb-pointed, forming a characteristic attribute of Poseidon (Neptune), the sea-god. See also cut under Poseidon.
    • n trident Hence, marine sovereignty; rule over the ocean or sea.
    • n trident In Roman antiquity, a three-pronged spear used by the retiarius in gladiatorial combats.
    • n trident In geometry, a crunodal plane cubic curve having the line at infinity for one of the tangents at the node, It was discovered and named by Descartes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Trident trī′dent the three-pronged spear or sceptre of Neptune, god of the ocean: any three-toothed instrument
    • adjs Trident having three teeth or prongs
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. tridens, -entis,; tri-,see Tri-) + dens, tooth: cf. F. trident,. See Tooth
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. tres, three, dens, dentis, tooth.

Usage

In literature:

Yea, his dread trident shake.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 8" by Charles H. Sylvester
At this moment the sky is overcast and Poseidon appears in his car and threatens Odysseus with his trident.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
After Athens, Carthage inherited the trident, and in turn fell before the energy of a land power, Rome.
"A History of Sea Power" by William Oliver Stevens and Allan Westcott
Even Neptune, lord of the sea, laid down his trident and calmed the flood.
"Famous Tales of Fact and Fancy" by Various
In his left hand he carried a gilded trident.
"Princess Polly At Play" by Amy Brooks
A kind of trident used for striking salmon in the north.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Henceforth his trident is at your mast head, a broom wherewith to sweep the seas as Van Tromp did.
"Old Plymouth Trails" by Winthrop Packard
And on the summit is a Neptune of five braccia, who holds the trident in his hand, and has the right leg planted beside a Dolphin.
"Lives of the most Eminent Painters Sculptors and Architects" by Giorgio Vasari
The Trident-wielding God, who knows aright?
"The Birth of the War-God" by Kalidasa
To do this he was obliged to throw away his weapon, an iron trident, which he had torn from the hand of a Neptune at the fountain.
"Felicitas" by Felix Dahn
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In poetry:

Diana's hounds still lead the chase,
Still Neptune's Trident crests the sea,
And still man's spirit soars through space
On feathered heels of Mercury.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
We must go under the wallpaper
to meet the insect-gladiator,
to battle with a net and trident,
and leave the fountain and the square
But oh, that we could sleep up there…
"Sleeping on the Ceiling" by Elizabeth Bishop
A crackling fire. Light, heat in the felucca.
Pikes in the water. Pearl-white sand below.
The trident now! You'll get one if you're lucky.
Go slow, don't rush. A blow! Another blow!
"In An Estuary" by Ivan Bunin
He slept. His sidelong violence summoned
fiends whose mosaic vision saw
his heart entire. Pincer and claw,
trident and vampire fang, envenomed
with his most secret hate, reached and came near
to pierce him in the thicket of his fear.
"The Glass Jar" by Gwen Harwood

In news:

TacSat-4 participates in Navy fleet experiment Trident Warrior.
Trident Seafoods' president dies in Alaska.
Trident will add a third car to its GP3 lineup from Silverstone this weekend for Giovanni Venturini.
Trident Seafoods Corporation, headquartered in Seattle, Wash.
Trident Seafood Company coming to Bedford.
Boston Celtics' trident skewers Philadelphia 76ers.
Trident Seafoods in Petersburg may be the smallest of the three seafood processors, but it has the largest fleet.
Entropic nabs Trident for $65M.
Trident to Host Tony Visconti Reception in New York City On October 21.
Recently honored Trident India with its 2010 Innovation Award for development and retail performance of the manufacturer's Pure Perfection line.
Nobeltec TimeZero Trident now available.
The commanding officer of the Trident Training Facility in Bangor, Wash.
Auto GP championship leader Edoardo Piscopo will race in GP2 at Monza this weekend, replacing Johnny Cecotto Jr at Trident Racing.
Prudential Fox & Roach, Realtors®/The Trident Group Welcomes Michael Hoffman as Senior VP of Trident Insurance.
So, it seems the 131st consecutive successful Trident test flight (*) went off in an epic fashion.
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In science:

Results from a survey of 35 nearby stars carried out with TRIDENT at the Canada-France-Hawaii telescope are presented.
La recherche de naines brunes et d'exoplanetes: developpement d'une technique d'imagerie multibande
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