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tri·dent

 (trīd′nt)
n.
1. A long, three-pronged fork or weapon, especially a three-pronged spear used for fishing.
2. Greek & Roman Mythology The three-pronged spear carried by Neptune or Poseidon.
adj. also tri·den·tate (trī-dĕn′tāt)
Having three teeth, prongs, or similar protrusions.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin tridēns, trident- : tri-, tri- + dēns, tooth; see dent- in Indo-European roots.]

trident

(ˈtraɪdənt)
n
1. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a three-pronged spear, originally from the East
2. (Classical Myth & Legend) (in Greek and Roman mythology) the three-pronged spear that the sea god Poseidon (Neptune) is represented as carrying
3. a three-pronged instrument, weapon, or symbol
adj
having three prongs
[C16: from Latin tridēns three-pronged, from tri- + dēns tooth]

Trident

(ˈtraɪdənt)
n
(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a type of US submarine-launched ballistic missile with independently targetable warheads

tri•dent

(ˈtraɪd nt)

n.
1. a three-pronged instrument or weapon.
2. the three-pronged spear of the sea god Poseidon, or Neptune.
adj.
3. Also, tri•den•tal (traɪˈdɛn tl) having three prongs or tines.
[1580–90; < Latin trident-, s. of tridēns having three teeth]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.trident - a spear with three prongstrident - a spear with three prongs    
prong - a pointed projection
lance, spear, shaft - a long pointed rod used as a tool or weapon
Translations

trident

[ˈtraɪdənt] Ntridente m

trident

nDreizack m
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France, less favoured on the whole as to matters spiritual than her sister of the shield and trident, rolled with exceeding smoothness down hill, making paper money and spending it.
The aggregated Soyle Death with his Mace petrific, cold and dry, As with a Trident smote, and fix't as firm As DELOS floating once; the rest his look Bound with GORGONIAN rigor not to move, And with ASPHALTIC slime; broad as the Gate, Deep to the Roots of Hell the gather'd beach They fasten'd, and the Mole immense wraught on Over the foaming deep high Archt, a Bridge Of length prodigious joyning to the Wall Immoveable of this now fenceless world Forfeit to Death; from hence a passage broad, Smooth, easie, inoffensive down to Hell.
He said the gods could not drown him even though they had tried to do so, and when Neptune heard this large talk, he seized his trident in his two brawny hands, and split the rock of Gyrae in two pieces.
Neptune himself, trident in hand, surveyed the work and threw into the sea all the foundations of beams and stones which the Achaeans had laid with so much toil; he made all level by the mighty stream of the Hellespont, and then when he had swept the wall away he spread a great beach of sand over the place where it had been.
With his maritime rig, his weather-beaten face, his beard of Father Nep- tune, he resembled a deposed sea-god who had ex- changed the trident for the spade.
Out of its trunk, about a couple of inches below its head, came two legs at an angle of forty-five degrees, each about three inches long, so that the beast looked like a trident from above.
Our deputy-Neptune had no beard on his chin, and there was no trident to be seen standing in a corner anywhere, like an umbrella.
A subtle change in Captain Ellis' manner became perceptible as though he had laid aside the trident of deputy-Neptune.
If Neptune himself had walked in, with a toasted shark on his trident, I should have looked upon the event as one of the very commonest everyday occurrences.
All that patient, pale company of queens and princesses, of kings and warriors, of allegorical women, of heroines and statesmen and heathen gods, crowned, helmeted, bare-headed, has run for good off the sea stretching to the last above the tumbling foam their fair, rounded arms; holding out their spears, swords, shields, tridents in the same unwearied, striving forward pose.
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