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trigger

Machinery a device that releases a spring-loaded mechanism or a similar arrangement
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trigger

[′trig·ər]
(computer science)
To execute a jump to the first instruction of a program after the program has been loaded into the computer. Also known as initiate.
(electronics)
To initiate an action, which then continues for a period of time, as by applying a pulse to a trigger circuit.
The pulse used to initiate the action of a trigger circuit.
(ordnance)
A metallic item, part of the firing mechanism of a firearm, designed to release a firing pin by the application of pressure by the finger.
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Trigger

Roy Roger’s horse. [TV: “The Roy Rogers Show” in Terrace, II, 260]
See: Horse
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trigger

(database)
An action causing the automatic invocation of a procedure, for instance to preserve referential integrity. A triggers goes into effect when a user attempts to modify data with an insert, delete, or update command. A trigger can instruct the system to take any number of actions when a specified change is attempted. By preventing incorrect, unauthorized, or inconsistent changes to data, triggers help maintain the integrity of the database.

[Sybase SQL Server Release 10.0 Transact-SQL User's Guide].
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trigger

(1) A mechanism that initiates an action when an event occurs such as reaching a certain time or date or upon receiving some type of input. A trigger generally causes a program routine to be executed.

(2) In a database management system (DBMS), a trigger is an SQL procedure that is executed when a record is added or deleted. It is used to maintain referential integrity in the database. A trigger may also execute a stored procedure. Triggers and stored procedures are built into DBMSs used in client/server environments. See intelligent database.

(3) A condition that initiates the harmful effects of a logic bomb such as many viruses and worms. Many forms of malicious software use particular dates as triggers. Some viruses count the number of infections and trigger their payloads at a specific number.
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(144) Insurers are required to disclose benefit triggers for
For qualified contracts, the benefit triggers are specified in the governing section of the Internal Revenue Code.
Benefit triggers require specific, chronic conditions.
The 1996 Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) covers all tax-qualified LTCI policies that have the two standard benefit triggers for an insured to qualify for benefits.
Non-tax-qualified LTC insurance may be perceived as having more liberal benefit triggers, making it easier for the client to qualify for benefits.
Exhibit 2: Eligibility Requirements Tax-Qualified LTC Plans Non-tax-Qualified LTC Plans Common Benefit Triggers Common Benefit Triggers * Activities of daily living: * Activities of daily living: HIPAA requires that a policy LTC professionals generally acknowledge only five ADLs.
Note that these revised standards provide the option for an insurance company to include benefit triggers for temporary claims, but the standards do not require a company to do so.
Benefit Triggers Nonqualified "Triple- Trigger * Trigger" Contracts Activities Of Daily Inability to perform 2 of Living (ADLs).
The House has passed a broad TPIA bill that would include protection for group life insurers and a variety of other provisions, such as a reduction in benefit triggers and protection against attacks involving weapons of mass destruction.
There also are significant differences in their respective "benefit triggers," but they share the goal of mitigating the often catastrophic effects of a disability.
* Benefit triggers (such as inability to perform specified activities of daily living) had not been met.
Benefit Triggers. This relates to the event that causes the policy benefits to flow to the insured.