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Meaning of trident

tri•dent

Pronunciation: (trīd'nt), [key]
— n.
  1. a three-pronged instrument or weapon.
  2. a three-pronged spear used by a retiarius in gladiatorial combats.
  3. the three-pronged spear forming a characteristic attribute of the sea god Poseidon, or Neptune.
  4. a fish spear having three prongs.
  5. (cap.) a 34-ft (10-m) submarine-launched U.S. ballistic missile with eight to ten warheads and a range of 6500 mi. (10,459 km).
—adj.
  1. having three prongs or tines.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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