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trident

[trahyd-nt] /ˈtraɪd nt/
noun
1.
a three-pronged instrument or weapon.
2.
Roman History. a three-pronged spear used by a retiarius in gladiatorial combats.
3.
Classical Mythology. the three-pronged spear forming a characteristic attribute of the sea god Poseidon, or Neptune.
4.
a fish spear having three prongs.
5.
(initial capital letter) Military. a 34-foot (10-meter) submarine-launched U.S. ballistic missile with eight to ten warheads and a range of 6500 miles (10,459 km).
adjective
6.
Also, tridental
[trahy-den-tl] /traɪˈdɛn tl/ (Show IPA)
. having three prongs or tines.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Latin trident- (stem of tridēns) having three teeth. See tri-, dent2
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British Dictionary definitions for trident

trident

/ˈtraɪdənt/
noun
1.
a three-pronged spear, originally from the East
2.
(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
adjective
4.
having three prongs
Word Origin
C16: from Latin tridēns three-pronged, from tri- + dēns tooth

Trident

/ˈtraɪdənt/
noun
1.
a type of US submarine-launched ballistic missile with independently targetable warheads
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Word Origin and History for trident
n.

mid-15c., from Latin tridentem (nominative tridens; genitive tridentis) "three-pronged, three-toothed," from tri- "three" (see tri-) + dens (genitive dentis) "tooth" (see tooth). As a type of U.S. nuclear-powered submarine, recorded from 1972.

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trident in Technology

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A video card manufacturer.
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(1997-07-16)

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