What does trench mean?

Definitions for trenchtrɛntʃ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word trench.

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"


  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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Peggy Noonan, special assistant and speech writer to Reagan, 1984-88:

    The battle for the mind of Ronald Reagan was like the trench warfare of World War I: never have so many fought so hard for such barren terrain.

  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.

  3. 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.

  4. Goran Keserovic:

    I will go to support our president. He is a genuine Serb and only he knows how to preserve the Serb Republic, i am fed up with living like a dog. I was in a trench while they were enriching themselves.

  5. Chuck Schumer:

    We can decide, today, to commit to solving this problem. Each side can stop pointing fingers. Each side can lay down their arms, each side can put aside the resentments built up after years of trench warfare on nominees--We can decide, today, to talk about a way out of this impasse instead of changing the rules.

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