Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Greek Mythology A god of the sea, son of Poseidon and Amphitrite, portrayed as having the head and trunk of a man and the tail of a fish.
  • n. The satellite of Neptune that is seventh in distance from the planet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A god of the sea, son of Poseidon.
  • proper n. The seventh moon of Neptune.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.
  • n. Any one of numerous species of aquatic salamanders. The common European species are Hemisalamandra cristata, Molge palmata, and Molge alpestris, a red-bellied species common in Switzerland. The most common species of the United States is Diemyctylus viridescens. See Illust. under Salamander.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Greek and Latin mythology, a son of Poseidon and Amphitrite, who dwelt with his father and mother in a golden palace on the bottom of the sea, and was a gigantic and redoubtable divinity.
  • n. In heraldry, a bearded man with a fish's tail, and usually holding a trident. Also called merman and Neptune.
  • n. In conchology: A genus of gastropods, giving name to the Tritonidæ; the tritons, conchs, trumpet-shells, or sea-trumpets.
  • n. A member of this genus or family.
  • n. In herpetology: An extensive genus of newts, efts, or salamanders, named by Laurenti in 1768, since variously applied or divided into several others.
  • n. A newt or salamander of this genus or a related form.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (Greek mythology) a sea god; son of Poseidon
  • n. the largest moon of Neptune
  • n. tropical marine gastropods having beautifully colored spiral shells
  • n. small usually bright-colored semiaquatic salamanders of North America and Europe and northern Asia

Etymologies

Latin Trītōn, from Greek.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek Τρίτων. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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    The Description of Greece

  • Triton is only three and plays with so much energy.

    Old dog, moving away

  • Certification – Triton is certified by the Rainforest Alliance which has very stringent rules for underwater logging/salvage operations.

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  • Associated Press has details about this next generation IM software, called Triton, which is expected to be released by year end.

    AOL’s VoIP-Video Enabled IM

  • I'll definitely be reading "Triton"--it's mentioned over and over again in the histories of the field.

    Classics Canon

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  • Pluto, though now classified as "not a planet" has nothing except that in common with Triton, which is a moon.

    "I’m a religious fanatic just like you."

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  • Of course, according to Tolland, the only unpleasant part of riding in the Triton was the initial deployment – being slowly winched down through the trap door in the Goya's deck, hanging like a pendulum thirty feet above the sea.

    Deception Point

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