(Tris`yl*lab"ic Tris`yl*lab"ic*al) a. [L. trisyllabus, Gr. (see Tri-) + a syllable: cf. F. trissyllabique.]
Of or pertaining to a trisyllable; consisting of three syllables; as, "syllable" is a trisyllabic word. Tris`yllab"ic*al*ly,
(Tri*syl"la*ble) n. [Pref. tri- + syllable.] A word consisting of three syllables only; as, a-
(Trite) a. [L. tritus, p. p. of terere to rub, to wear out; probably akin to E. throw. See Throw, and
cf. Contrite, Detriment, Tribulation, Try.] Worn out; common; used until so common as to have lost
novelty and interest; hackneyed; stale; as, a trite remark; a trite subject. Trite"ly, adv. Trite"ness,
(Tri*ter"nate) a. [Pref. tri- + ternate.] (Bot.) Three times ternate; applied to a leaf whose
petiole separates into three branches, each of which divides into three parts which each bear three leafiets.
(Tri"the*ism) n. [Pref. tri- + Gr. God: cf. F. trithéisme.] The opinion or doctrine that the Father,
Son, and Holy Spirit are three distinct Gods.
(Tri"the*ist), n. [Cf. F. trithéiste.] One who believes in tritheism.
(Tri`the*is"tic Tri`the*is"tic*al) a. Of or pertaining to tritheism. Bolingbroke.
(Tri"the*ite) n. [Cf. F. trithéite.] A tritheist. [Obs.] E. Phillips.
(Tri"thing) n. [See Ist Riding.] One of three ancient divisions of a county in England; now
called riding. [Written also riding.] Blackstone.
(Tri*thi"on*ate) n. (Chem.) A salt of trithionic acid.
(Tri`thi*on"ic) a. [Pref. tri- + thionic.] (Chem.) Of or pertaining to, or designating, a certain
thionic acid, H2S3O6 which is obtained as a colorless, odorless liquid.
(Trit"ic*al) a. Trite. [Obs.] T. Warton. Trit"ic*al*ly, adv. [Obs.] Trit"ic*al*ness, n. [Obs.]
(Trit"i*cin) n. (Chem.) A carbohydrate isomeric with dextrin, obtained from quitch grass (Agropyrum,
formerly Triticum, repens) as a white amorphous substance.
(||Trit"i*cum) n. [L., perhaps fr. tritus, p. p. of terere to grind.] (Bot.) A genus of grasses
including the various species of wheat.
(||Tri"ton) n. [L., fr. Gr..] (Gr. Myth.) A fabled sea demigod, the son of Neptune and Amphitrite,
and the trumpeter of Neptune. He is represented by poets and painters as having the upper part of his
body like that of a man, and the lower part like that of a fish. He often has a trumpet made of a shell.
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea,Wordsworth.
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathed horn.
2. (Zoöl.) Any one of many species of marine gastropods belonging to Triton and allied genera, having
a stout spiral shell, often handsomely colored and ornamented with prominent varices. Some of the
species are among the largest of all gastropods. Called also trumpet shell, and sea trumpet.
3. (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of aquatic salamanders. The common European species are
Hemisalamandra cristata, Molge palmata, and M. alpestris, a red-bellied species common in Switzerland.
The most common species of the United States is Diemyctylus viridescens. See Illust. under Salamander.
(Tri"tone`) n. [Gr. tri`tonos of three tones; tri- tri- + to`nos a tone.] (Mus.) A superfluous or
augmented fourth. [R.]