a long narrow excavation in the earth
any small natural waterway
"ditch a lover"
"Chuck these old notes"
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"
make an emergency landing on water
crash or crash-land
"ditch a car"; "ditch a plane"
cut a trench in, as for drainage
"ditch the land to drain it"; "trench the fields"
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
any long, narrow receptacle for water on the surface of the earth
to dig a ditch or ditches in; to drain by a ditch or ditches; as, to ditch moist land
to surround with a ditch
to throw into a ditch; as, the engine was ditched and turned on its side
to dig a ditch or ditches
Origin: [OE. dich, orig. the same word as dik. See Dike.]
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
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
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
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.
A type of structure created to ensure irrigation or a drain of the land.
Many rural fields all have a ditch, this ensures the land can drain and have an irrigation system.Submitted by MaryC on December 27, 2019
The numerical value of ditch in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of ditch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Examples of ditch in a Sentence
If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
This is a group that could be portrayed as extreme, and off in a ditch.
It may be that the UK government will take the opportunity to ditch the bonus cap.
The CDU does not tend to ditch its leaders unless it realizes the Titanic is sinking.
What does education often do It makes a straight-cut ditch of a free, meandering brook.
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- يتخلص منArabic
- канавка, траншея, копая канавка, изхвърлямBulgarian
- notwassern, schwänzen, Schanze, entledigen, GrabenGerman
- τάφρος, χαντάκι, αυλάκιGreek
- trinchera, acequia, zanja, cuneta, dejar, abandonarSpanish
- hylätä, lintsata, oja, kanavaFinnish
- rigole, débarrasser, larguer, abandonner, fossé, tranchée, laisser tomber, faire l'école buissonnière, sécherFrench
- dìg, claisScottish Gaelic
- árok, sáncárokHungarian
- փոս, խրամArmenian
- skurður, gröftur, gröf, síki, díkiIcelandic
- fossato, canalone, canale di scarico, fosso, trincea, canale, affossamentoItalian
- გუბი, თხრილიGeorgian
- GruefLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- sloot, greppelDutch
- skulke, grøft, dikeNorwegian
- [[cabular]] [[aula]], [[matar]] [[aula]], trincheiraPortuguese
- траншея, ров, канава, бросать, броситьRussian
- nasip, rovSerbo-Croatian
- jarek, grapaSlovene
- skrota, skubba, dika, dike, överge, lämna, skolkaSwedish
- канава, рівUkrainian
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