Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.


river rising in N Texas in three forks; the Clear Fork runs into the West Fork at Fort Worth, and the Elm Fork joins the West Fork at Dallas. The Trinity then flows c.510 mi (820 km) SE to Trinity Bay, an arm of Galveston Bay. The waters of upper tributaries and the main stream are impounded in numerous reservoirs that provide water for the Dallas–Fort Worth metropolitan area; flood control; and water for irrigation. The largest reservoir, Garza–Little Elm, is impounded by Lewisville Dam (completed 1955) on the Elm Fork. The Trinity valley has a greater population and the majority of industrial development as opposed to other river basins in Texas. Massive flooding of the river occurred in the spring of 1990, recorded as among the nation's worst floods in the 20th cent.


[Lat.,=threefoldness], fundamental doctrine in Christianity, by which GodGod,
divinity of the three great monotheistic religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, as well as many other world religions. See also religion and articles on individual religions. Names for God

In the Old Testament various names for God are used.
..... Click the link for more information.
 is considered as existing in three persons. While the doctrine is not explicitly taught in the New Testament, early Christian communities testified to a perception that Jesus was God in the flesh; the idea of the Trinity has been inferred from the Gospel of St. John. The developed doctrine of the Trinity purports that God exists in three coequal and coeternal elements—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy SpiritHoly Spirit
or Holy Ghost
[ghost, i.e., spirit, a translation of Gr. pneuma=breath, air], in Christian doctrine, the third person of the Trinity.
..... Click the link for more information.
 (see creedcreed
[Lat. credo=I believe], summary of basic doctrines of faith. The following are historically important Christian creeds.

1 The Nicene Creed, beginning, "I believe in one God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and
..... Click the link for more information.
 (1)). It sees these "persons" as constituted by their mutual relations, yet does not mean that God in his essence is Father, or a male deity. Jesus spoke of a relation of mutual giving and love with the Father, which believers could also enjoy through the Spirit. The Trinity is commemorated liturgically in the Western Church on Trinity SundayTrinity Sunday,
first Sunday after Pentecost, observed as a feast of the Trinity. It was an innovation in medieval England and spread through the Western Church in the 14th cent. The Sundays until Advent are counted from either Pentecost or Trinity.
..... Click the link for more information.
. For systems denying the Trinity, see UnitarianismUnitarianism,
in general, the form of Christianity that denies the doctrine of the Trinity, believing that God exists only in one person. While there were previous antitrinitarian movements in the early Christian Church, like Arianism and Monarchianism, modern Unitarianism
..... Click the link for more information.


See studies by L. Hodgson (1960) and A. W. Wainwright (1962); G. L. Prestige, God in Patristic Thought (repr. 1964); J. N. D. Kelly, Early Christian Doctrines (1977); E. Jüngel, God as the Mystery of the World (1983).

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia™ Copyright © 2013, Columbia University Press. Licensed from Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



a river in North America, in the southern USA. The river is formed by the confluence of the West Fork and East Fork rivers and empties into Galveston Bay in the Gulf of Mexico. It is 820 km long (from the source of the West Fork, 1,050 km) and drains an area of 45,600 sq km. The river is fed by rain, and its mean flow rate near the mouth is 206 cu m per sec. There are reservoirs in the basin of the Trinity. Fort Worth and Dallas are situated on the Trinity.



a term in Christian theology designating god. According to a fundamental Christian dogma, god’s substance is indivisible, but he exists in three persons, or hypostases: the Father, the Son (Logos, or the Word), and the Holy Spirit. The three persons of the Trinity are consubstantial, equal, and eternal. The term “Trinity, ” which does not appear in the New Testament, was first used by the theologians Theophilus and Tertullian at the end of the second century. The study of the Trinity was further developed in the third century by Origen. The profoundly irrational concept of a tripartite divinity provoked heated discussion in the Christian Church. The doctrine of the Trinity was affirmed at the Councils of Nicaea in 325 and Constantinople in 381. Many sects rejected the doctrine of the Trinity on rational grounds. (SeeANTI-TRINITARIANS.)

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


botonné cross
symbolizes Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. [Christian Iconog.: Jobes, 386]
equilateral triangle
perfect geometrical representation of triune God. [Christian Symbolism: Appleton, 102]
symbol of the trinity; resembles lily. [Christian Symbolism: EB, IV: 182]
emblem of the trinity in da Vinci’s “Madonna of the Rocks.” [Plant Symbolism: Embolden, 26]
St. Patrick’s legendary symbol of triune God. [Christian Symbolism: Appleton, 87]
Sign of the Cross
signifying Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. [Christianity: NCE, 2786]
trefoil (clover)
emblem of the Trinity. [Christian Symbolism: Cirlot, 50–51]
Hindu triad of Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva. [Hinduism: Brewer Dictionary, 1101]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


1. Christian theol the union of three persons, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, in one Godhead
2. Holy Trinity a religious order founded in 1198
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
References in periodicals archive ?
These advancements included the groundbreaking of Trinity Park Vista, a permanent supportive housing development for people with disabilities, which is being constructed in Northlake, Illinois; the expansion of The Branch: Well-Being and Enrichment Center for young adults with developmental disabilities; the expansion of Trinity's Medical Clinic, which provides basic medical care to people Trinity supports; the opening of the Technology Enhancing Capabilities (TEC) Lab, which provides assistive technology solutions to people with disabilities; and more.
Trinity maintains that the release erroneously filed in 2013 abrogated ColFin's rights.
Trinity said the acquisition of ASK will boost capabilities in the areas of acoustics, noise, vibration, air quality, odor and lighting services, and sets the stage for the firm's further expansion in Australia.
Fitch's rating on Trinity anticipates increasing leverage over the next few years.
The open date and status above indicate when Holy Trinity CofE Primary School, NW3 opened or when it changed to its most recent incarnation, with a number of schools converting to academies in recent years.
A local church of the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa (UCCSA) located at the Gaborone Main Mall close to the civic centre, Trinity was officially opened by founding president, Seretse Khama on November 6, 1966, just five weeks after Botswana was officially granted independence from Britain, becoming the first modern Christian church structure in the then-nascent capital.
Mr White will provide "strategic leadership support" to Trinity, in Saltersgill, and a new Catholic Academy Trust which is set to launch in September on a short term basis while continuing in his other role.
We Catholics believe in the Trinity, which comes from Latin, "Trinitas." Trinitas is a combination of "tri" (triad, meaning three each, triple or threefold) and "unitas" (meaning unity or oneness).
The move marks a major shakeup of Britain's media landscape, bringing together Trinity Mirror's national and regional titles with Northern & Shell's daily and Sunday titles.
Great Western Leasing said with Trinity now a part of its network it can offer customers sales, rental and repair solutions for grain hopper, walking floor and belt trailers.
Trinity College, which is part of the University of Dublin, one of Ireland's oldest institutions, is looking to set up partnerships with universities in Oman, having visited three educational institutions in the country earlier this month.
The alarm also triggered an alert in the McDonald's in the Trinity centre, sparking a full-scale evacuation.