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trip (v.)

late 14c., "tread or step lightly and nimbly, skip, dance, caper," from Old French triper "jump around, dance around, strike with the feet" (12c.), from a Germanic source (compare Middle Dutch trippen "to skip, trip, hop; to stamp, trample," Low German trippeln, Frisian tripje, Dutch trappen, Old English treppan "to tread, trample") related to trap (n.).

The senses of "to stumble" (intransitive), "strike with the foot and cause to stumble" (transitive) are from mid-15c. in English. Meaning "to release" (a catch, lever, etc.) is recorded from 1897; trip-wire is attested from 1868. Related: Tripped; tripping.

trip (n.)

"act or action of tripping" (transitive), early 14c., from trip (v.); sense of "a short journey or voyage" is from mid-15c.; the exact connection to the earlier sense is uncertain. The meaning "psychedelic drug experience" is first recorded 1959 as a noun; the verb in this sense is from 1966, from the noun.

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Definitions of trip from WordNet
1
trip (n.)
a journey for some purpose (usually including the return);
he took a trip to the shopping center
trip (n.)
a hallucinatory experience induced by drugs;
an acid trip
trip (n.)
an accidental misstep threatening (or causing) a fall;
Synonyms: slip
trip (n.)
an exciting or stimulating experience;
Synonyms: head trip
trip (n.)
a catch mechanism that acts as a switch;
Synonyms: tripper
trip (n.)
a light or nimble tread;
he heard the trip of women's feet overhead
trip (n.)
an unintentional but embarrassing blunder;
he arranged his robes to avoid a trip-up later
he recited the whole poem without a single trip
Synonyms: trip-up / stumble / misstep
2
trip (v.)
miss a step and fall or nearly fall;
Synonyms: stumble
trip (v.)
cause to stumble;
The questions on the test tripped him up
Synonyms: trip up
trip (v.)
make a trip for pleasure;
Synonyms: travel / jaunt
trip (v.)
put in motion or move to act;
Synonyms: actuate / trigger / activate / set off / spark off / spark / trigger off / touch off
trip (v.)
get high, stoned, or drugged;
He trips every weekend
Synonyms: trip out / turn on / get off
From wordnet.princeton.edu