(Tri"fle), v. t.
1. To make of no importance; to treat as a trifle. [Obs.] Shak.
2. To spend in vanity; to fritter away; to waste; as, to trifle away money. "We trifle time." Shak.
(Tri"fler) n. One who trifles. Waterland.
(Tri"fling) a. Being of small value or importance; trivial; paltry; as, a trifling debt; a trifling affair.
Tri"fling*ly, adv. Tri"fling*ness, n.
(Tri*flo"ral Tri*flo"rous) a. [Pref. tri- + L. flos, floris, flower.] (Bot.) Three-flowered; having or
bearing three flowers; as, a triflorous peduncle.
(Tri*fluc`tu*a"tion) n. [Pref. tri- + fluctuation.] A concurrence of three waves. [Obs.] "A
trifluctuation of evils." Sir T. Browne.
(Tri*fo"li*ate Tri*fo"li*a`ted) a. [Tri- + foliate. Cf. Trefoil.] (Bot.) Having three leaves or leaflets,
as clover. See Illust. of Shamrock.
(Tri*fo"li*o*late) a. [Pref. tri- + foliolate.] (Bot.) Having three leaflets.
(||Tri*fo"li*um) n. [L., clover.] (Bot.) A genus of leguminous herbs with densely spiked flowers
and usually trifoliate leaves; trefoil. There are many species, all of which are called clover. See Clover.
(Tri"fo*ly) n. [L. trifolium. See Trifoliate, Trefoil.] (Bot.) Sweet trefoil. [Obs.]
She was crowned with a chaplet of trifoly.B. Jonson.
(||Tri*fo"ri*um) n. [LL., fr. L. tri- (see Tri-) + foris, pl. fores, a door.] (Arch.) The gallery
or open space between the vaulting and the roof of the aisles of a church, often forming a rich arcade in
the interior of the church, above the nave arches and below the clearstory windows.
(Tri"form) a. [L. triformis; tri- (see Tri-) + forma form.] Having a triple form or character. "This
triform antagonism." I. Taylor.
Goddess Triform, I own thy triple spell.Lowell.