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[trip-wahyuh r] /ˈtrɪpˌwaɪər/
a wire used to set off concealed explosives, as one stretched across a footpath to be struck and activated by the foot of an enemy soldier.
a wire that activates a trap, camera, or other device when stepped on, tripped on, or otherwise disturbed.
Origin of tripwire
trip1 + wire Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tripwire
  • All of these tripwire rods or other safety devices must be manually reset to restart the machine.
  • Safety tripwire cables are located around the perimeter of or near the danger area.
  • tripwire features custom-built sensors hidden inside coconuts that are hung from trees at several public locations.
  • He rigged a couple of shotguns to a tripwire and loaded them up.
British Dictionary definitions for tripwire


a wire that activates a trap, mine, etc, when tripped over
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