What does TRENCH mean?

Definitions for TRENCH

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. trenchnoun

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

  2. trench, deep, oceanic abyssnoun

    a long steep-sided depression in the ocean floor

  3. trenchverb

    any long ditch cut in the ground

  4. impinge, encroach, entrench, trenchverb

    impinge or infringe upon

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

  5. trenchverb

    fortify by surrounding with trenches

    "He trenched his military camp"

  6. trenchverb

    cut or carve deeply into

    "letters trenched into the stone"

  7. trenchverb

    set, plant, or bury in a trench

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

  8. trench, ditchverb

    cut a trench in, as for drainage

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

  9. trenchverb

    dig a trench or trenches

    "The National Guardsmen were sent out to trench"


  1. trenchnoun

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

  2. trenchnoun

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

  3. trenchnoun

    A trench coat.

  4. trenchverb

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

  5. trenchverb

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

  6. trenchverb

    To excavate an elongated and often narrow pit.

  7. Etymology: trenchier.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Trenchnoun

    Etymology: tranche, Fr.

    On that coast build,
    And with a trench enclose the fruitful field. John Dryden, Æn.

    When you have got your water up to the highest part of the land, make a small trench to carry some of the water in, keeping it always upon a level. John Mortimer, Husb.

    The citizens of Corioli have issued forth
    And given to Lartius and to Marcius battle:
    I saw our party to the trenches driven,
    And then I came away. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    William carries on the trench,
    Till both the town and castle yield. Matthew Prior.

  2. To Trenchverb

    Etymology: trancher, Fr.

    Safe in a ditch he bides,
    With twenty trenched gashes on his head. William Shakespeare.

    This weak impress of love is as a figure
    Trench’d in ice, which with an hour’s heat
    Dissolves to water, and doth lose his form. William Shakespeare.

    Pioneers with spades and pickax arm’d,
    Forerun the royal camp to trench a field. John Milton.

    Trench the ground, and make it ready for the Spring. John Evelyn.

    First draw thy faulchion, and on ev’ry side
    Trench the black earth a cubit long and wide. Alexander Pope.

    The trenching plough or coulter is useful in pasture-ground, to cut out the sides of trenches or drains. John Mortimer.


  1. Trench

    A trench is a type of excavation or in the ground that is generally deeper than it is wide (as opposed to a wider gully, or ditch), and narrow compared with its length (as opposed to a simple hole or pit).In geology, trenches result from erosion by rivers or by geological movement of tectonic plates. In civil engineering, trenches are often created to install underground utilities such as gas, water, power and communication lines. In construction, trenches are dug for foundations of buildings, retaining walls and dams, and for cut-and-cover construction of tunnels. In archaeology, the "trench method" is used for searching and excavating ancient ruins or to dig into strata of sedimented material. In geotechnical engineering, trenches serve for locating faults and investigating deep soil properties. In trench warfare, soldiers occupy trenches to protect them against weapons fire. Trenches are dug by use of manual tools such as shovels and pickaxes, or by heavy equipment such as backhoes, trenchers and excavators. For deep trenches, the instability of steep earthen walls requires engineering and safety techniques such as shoring. Trenches are usually considered temporary structures to be backfilled with soil after construction, or abandoned after use. Some trenches are stabilized using durable materials such as concrete to create open passages such as canals and sunken roadways.


  1. trench

    A trench is a long, narrow, deep excavation or ditch in the ground, often dug by soldiers during warfare to provide protection and defense. In general use, it can also refer to similar depressions in various fields such as archaeology, construction, or geology.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Trenchverb

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

  2. Trenchverb

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

  3. Trenchverb

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

  4. Trenchverb

    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. Trenchverb

    to encroach; to intrench

  6. Trenchverb

    to have direction; to aim or tend

  7. Trenchverb

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

  8. Trenchverb

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

  9. Trenchverb

    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


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Trench

    trensh, v.t. to dig a ditch: to dig deeply with the spade or plough.—v.i. to encroach.—n. a long narrow cut in the earth: (fort.) an excavation to interrupt the approach of an enemy: an excavated approach made by besiegers.—n. Tren′chancy, causticity.—adjs. Tren′chant, Tren′ching, cutting: sharp: severe—(Spens.) Tren′chand.—ns. Tren′cher; Trench′-plough, a plough for trenching or turning up the land more deeply than usual.—v.t. to plough with a trench-plough. [O. Fr. trencher (Fr. trancher), acc. to Littré from L. truncāre, to maim—truncus, maimed.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Trench is ranked #39281 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Trench surname appeared 560 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Trench.

    73.3% or 411 total occurrences were White.
    21.7% or 122 total occurrences were Black.
    3.5% or 20 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of TRENCH in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of TRENCH in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of TRENCH in a Sentence


    I, ras cardo say this:- one of the most egregious lies told about the trench town people is:- nothing good comes out of trench town. bob marley and I was determined to prove them wrong. did you not hear him sing this in a song- trench town rock?

  2. Zivko Josic:

    I am fed up with living like a dog. I was in a trench while they were enriching themselves, i will support the opposition to change things for the better.


    I am ras cardo reggae, the reggae creator from trench town. I refused to let the people of the world believe that-nothing good comes out of trench town. -because, now the world knows that babylon told them a lie. they lied against us! they lied because they wanted to steal our trench town reggae heritage and legacy for poor people. I will never make this happen! so help I jah!

  4. George Will:

    They're supposedly advising and assisting, but [this is a] conflict where there are no static lines, as there were in World War II or in the trench warfare of World War I.

  5. Raini Brunson:

    As part of our support, USACE researched a variety of deterrent options, which included the construction of a trench as part of the barrier system along the southern border, after we performed a feasibility analysis, USACE did not execute trench construction as part of the final barrier system due to it being both cost-prohibitive and causing significant schedule delays.

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