Definitions for trenchtrɛntʃ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

trenchtrɛntʃ(n.)

  1. a long, narrow excavation in the ground dug by soldiers as a defense against enemy fire or attack.

    Category: Fortification

  2. a deep furrow, ditch, or cut.

    Category: Civil Engineering

  3. a long, narrow depression in the deep-sea floor, site of ocean deeps.

    Category: Oceanography

  4. (v.t.)to surround or fortify with trenches; entrench.

    Category: Fortification

  5. to cut a trench in.

  6. to set or place in a trench.

  7. to form (a furrow, ditch, etc.) by cutting into or through something.

    Category: Civil Engineering

  8. to make a cut in.

  9. (v.i.)to dig a trench.

Origin of trench:

1350–1400; ME trenche path made by cutting < OF: act of cutting, a cut, der. of trenchier to cut < VL *trincāre, for L truncāre to lop

Princeton's WordNet

  1. trench(noun)

    a ditch dug as a fortification having a parapet of the excavated earth

  2. trench, deep, oceanic abyss(noun)

    a long steep-sided depression in the ocean floor

  3. trench(verb)

    any long ditch cut in the ground

  4. impinge, encroach, entrench, trench(verb)

    impinge or infringe upon

    "This impinges on my rights as an individual"; "This matter entrenches on other domains"

  5. trench(verb)

    fortify by surrounding with trenches

    "He trenched his military camp"

  6. trench(verb)

    cut or carve deeply into

    "letters trenched into the stone"

  7. trench(verb)

    set, plant, or bury in a trench

    "trench the fallen soldiers"; "trench the vegetables"

  8. trench, ditch(verb)

    cut a trench in, as for drainage

    "ditch the land to drain it"; "trench the fields"

  9. trench(verb)

    dig a trench or trenches

    "The National Guardsmen were sent out to trench"

Wiktionary

  1. trench(Noun)

    A long, narrow ditch or hole dug in the ground, especially in warfare.

  2. trench(Noun)

    A pit, usually rectangular with smooth walls and floor, excavated during an archaeological investigation.

  3. trench(Noun)

    A trench coat.

  4. trench(Verb)

    To invade, especially with regard to the rights or the exclusive authority of another.

  5. trench(Verb)

    To excavate an elongated pit for protection of soldiers and or equipment, usually perpendicular to the line of sight toward the enemy.

  6. trench(Verb)

    To excavate an elongated and often narrow pit.

  7. Origin: trenchier.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Trench(verb)

    to cut; to form or shape by cutting; to make by incision, hewing, or the like

  2. Trench(verb)

    to fortify by cutting a ditch, and raising a rampart or breastwork with the earth thrown out of the ditch; to intrench

  3. Trench(verb)

    to cut furrows or ditches in; as, to trench land for the purpose of draining it

  4. Trench(verb)

    to dig or cultivate very deeply, usually by digging parallel contiguous trenches in succession, filling each from the next; as, to trench a garden for certain crops

  5. Trench(verb)

    to encroach; to intrench

  6. Trench(verb)

    to have direction; to aim or tend

  7. Trench(verb)

    a long, narrow cut in the earth; a ditch; as, a trench for draining land

  8. Trench(verb)

    an alley; a narrow path or walk cut through woods, shrubbery, or the like

  9. Trench(verb)

    an excavation made during a siege, for the purpose of covering the troops as they advance toward the besieged place. The term includes the parallels and the approaches

Freebase

  1. Trench

    A trench is a type of excavation or depression in the ground. A trench is generally defined by being deeper than it is wide, and by being narrow compared to its length. In geology, trenches are created as a result of erosion by rivers or by geological movement of tectonic plates. In the civil engineering field of construction or maintenance of infrastructure, trenches are created to install underground infrastructure or utilities, or later to search for these installations. Trenches have often been dug for military defensive purposes. In archaeology, the "trench method" is used for searching and excavating ancient ruins or to dig into strata of sedimented material.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

trench(noun)

a long narrow ditch dug in the ground, especially as a protection for soldiers against gunfire

The soldiers returned to the trenches.

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