What does ditch mean?

Definitions for ditch
dɪtʃditch

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ditchnoun

    a long narrow excavation in the earth

  2. ditchverb

    any small natural waterway

  3. ditchverb

    forsake

    "ditch a lover"

  4. chuck, ditchverb

    throw away

    "Chuck these old notes"

  5. dump, ditchverb

    sever all ties with, usually unceremoniously or irresponsibly

    "The company dumped him after many years of service"; "She dumped her boyfriend when she fell in love with a rich man"

  6. ditchverb

    make an emergency landing on water

  7. ditchverb

    crash or crash-land

    "ditch a car"; "ditch a plane"

  8. trench, ditchverb

    cut a trench in, as for drainage

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ditchnoun

    a trench made in the earth by digging, particularly a trench for draining wet land, for guarding or fencing inclosures, or for preventing an approach to a town or fortress. In the latter sense, it is called also a moat or a fosse

    Etymology: [OE. dich, orig. the same word as dik. See Dike.]

  2. Ditchnoun

    any long, narrow receptacle for water on the surface of the earth

    Etymology: [OE. dich, orig. the same word as dik. See Dike.]

  3. Ditchverb

    to dig a ditch or ditches in; to drain by a ditch or ditches; as, to ditch moist land

    Etymology: [OE. dich, orig. the same word as dik. See Dike.]

  4. Ditchverb

    to surround with a ditch

    Etymology: [OE. dich, orig. the same word as dik. See Dike.]

  5. Ditchverb

    to throw into a ditch; as, the engine was ditched and turned on its side

    Etymology: [OE. dich, orig. the same word as dik. See Dike.]

  6. Ditchverb

    to dig a ditch or ditches

    Etymology: [OE. dich, orig. the same word as dik. See Dike.]

Freebase

  1. Ditch

    A ditch is usually defined as a small to moderate depression created to channel water. In Anglo-Saxon, the word dïc already existed and was pronounced "deek" in northern England and "deetch" in the south. The origins of the word lie in digging a trench and forming the upcast soil into a bank alongside it. This practice has meant that the name dïc was given to either the excavation or the bank, and evolved to both the words "dike"/"dyke" and "ditch". Thus Offa's Dyke is a combined structure and Car Dyke is a trench, though it once had raised banks as well. In the midlands and north of England, and in the United States, a dike is what a ditch is in the south, a property boundary marker or small drainage channel. Where it carries a stream, it may be called a running dike as in Rippingale Running Dike, which leads water from the catchwater drain, Car Dyke, to the South Forty Foot Drain in Lincolnshire. The Weir Dike is a soak dike in Bourne North Fen, near Twenty and alongside the River Glen. A ditch can be used for drainage, to drain water from low-lying areas, alongside roadways or fields, or to channel water from a more distant source for plant irrigation. A trench is a long narrow ditch. Ditches are commonly seen around farmland especially in areas that have required drainage, such as The Fens in eastern England and the Netherlands.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ditch

    dich, n. a trench dug in the ground: any long narrow receptacle for water.—v.i. to make a ditch or ditches.—v.t. to dig a ditch in or around: to drain by ditches.—ns. Ditch′-dog (Shak.), a dead dog rotting in a ditch; Ditch′er, a ditch-maker. [A corr. of dike.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. ditch

    In fortification the excavation in front of the parapet of any work, ranging in width from a few feet in field fortification to thirty or forty yards in permanent works, having its steep side next the rampart called the escarp: the opposite one is the counterscarp. Its principal use is to secure the escarp as long as possible. There are wet ditches and dry ones, the former being less in favour than the latter, since a dry ditch so much facilitates sorties, counter-approaches, and the like. That kind which may be made wet or dry at pleasure is most useful.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. ditch

    In fortification, is an excavation made round the works, from which the earth required for the construction of the rampart and parapet is obtained. Ditches are of two kinds, wet and dry; but in modern fortification the dry ditch is considered preferable to the wet one. When the excavation is on the side farthest from the enemy it is called a trench.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ditch in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ditch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of ditch in a Sentence

  1. Sheriff Rick Singleton:

    We know that there was never any effort to go to the courthouse. They went straight to Florence Square parking lot, dumped Vicky White patrol car, got in the other vehicle and left, we assume they are going to ditch Vicky White patrol car at the first opportunity when they get wind that the description is out there, so we're back to square one.

  2. Brad Gerstner:

    Yesterday's last-ditch effort – adding just three people to its now 15-person board – is a cynical attempt to preserve power by this entrenched board.

  3. Lindsey Graham:

    I think it was inappropriate, I think if there is a tape we need to know about it. I don't think we can dodge that issue. I want to get back to doing the business of the country. North Korea is developing a missile that can hit the American homeland, i want to help the President where I can, but tweets like North Korea take us off in a ditch.

  4. Anuj Somany:

    A person does not get actually rich with own wealth & money, but only upon having the people who don't ditch or desert him/her on the righteous life pitch.

  5. Calvin Coolidge:

    If you see 10 troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that 9 will run into the ditch before they reach you.

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