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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.

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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  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

  1. Dustin Sederin:

    I seen this kid in a trench coat and wearing like these tactical army boots and he kind of looked at me weird and then he started walking more but he was walking towards the art hallway.

  2. 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.


    - the term- livity-refers to all things relating to life and living. In the rasta icabulary of ras cardo, peter tosh and the trench town brethrens reasonings in the 60's, it took on a strictly defined meaning as to the purpose and reason for life. Rasta is all about life, jah life and liberty, not death and destruction. It is a term not to be used loosely. It was coined by ras cardo.


    I , ras cardo- reggae creator, will say this reggae truth:- leghorn coghile from trench town wrote the lyrics for the song-them belly full. this was the same song which bob marley made famous. I was there with them in trench town when all this was done. I know the details surrounding the writings of these lyrics. I was there!

  5. Lawrence Norden:

    I think that Illinois example is a great example of whats possible with additional federal money, ive heard a lot of state election officials say that if they had an additional trench of money, one thing they would like to copy is the kind of thing they are doing in Illinois.

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    a preacher of the Christian gospel
    • A. ditch
    • B. ternion
    • C. evangelist
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