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Definitions for trough
trɔf, trɒf or, sometimes, trɔθ, trɒθtrough

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. trough(noun)

    a narrow depression (as in the earth or between ocean waves or in the ocean bed)

  2. gutter, trough(noun)

    a channel along the eaves or on the roof; collects and carries away rainwater

  3. bowl, trough(noun)

    a concave shape with an open top

  4. public treasury, trough, till(noun)

    a treasury for government funds

  5. trough(noun)

    a long narrow shallow receptacle

  6. manger, trough(noun)

    a container (usually in a barn or stable) from which cattle or horses feed


  1. trough(Noun)

    A linear atmospheric depression associated with a weather front.

    One of Hank's chores was to slop the pigs' trough each morning and evening.

  2. trough(Noun)

    A long, narrow container, open on top, for feeding or watering animals.

    One of Hank's chores was to slop the pigs' trough each morning and evening.

  3. trough(Noun)

    A rectangular container used for washing clothes, a channel for conveying water or other farm liquids (such as milk) from place to place by gravity, or any general 'U' or 'V' shaped channel conveying water for irrigation purposes.

    Ernest threw his paint brushes into a kind of trough he had fashioned from sheet metal that he kept in the sink.

  4. trough(Noun)

    Any similarly shaped container.

    Ernest threw his paint brushes into a kind of trough he had fashioned from sheet metal that he kept in the sink.

  5. trough(Noun)

    A gutter under the eaves of a building; an eaves trough.

    The troughs were filled with leaves and needed cleaning.

  6. trough(Noun)

    A short, narrow canal designed to hold water until it drains or evaporates.

    There was a small trough that the sump pump emptied into; it was filled with mosquito larvae.

  7. trough(Noun)

    A long, narrow depression between waves or ridges.

  8. trough(Verb)

    To eat in a vulgar style, as if eating from a trough

    he troughed his way through 3 meat pies.

  9. Origin: from trog, from trugan (cf. West Frisian trôch, Dutch trog, Swedish tråg), from dru-kó (cf. Middle Irish drochta ‘wooden basin’, Armenian ‘ladle, spoon’), enlargement of ‘tree’. More at tree.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Trough(noun)

    a long, hollow vessel, generally for holding water or other liquid, especially one formed by excavating a log longitudinally on one side; a long tray; also, a wooden channel for conveying water, as to a mill wheel

  2. Trough(noun)

    any channel, receptacle, or depression, of a long and narrow shape; as, trough between two ridges, etc


  1. Trough

    In geology, a trough generally refers to a linear structural depression that extends laterally over a distance, while being less steep than a trench. A trough can be a narrow basin or a geologic rift. There are various oceanic troughs, troughs found under oceans; examples include the rift along the mid-oceanic ridge and the Cayman Trough.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Trough

    trof, n. a long, hollow vessel for water or other liquid: a long tray: a long narrow channel: a concavity or hollow. [A.S. trog; Ger. trog.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of trough in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of trough in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of trough in a Sentence

  1. Chief Executive Luc Jobin:

    We expect the second quarter to be the volume trough for the year.

  2. Darryl Vink:

    There was an inland trough that brought hot, dry and windy conditions, creating these catastrophic fire conditions.

  3. Jeff Miller:

    In those (past) cases we experienced a rapid correction to the rig count going from peak to trough over a three-quarter period.

  4. Mario Draghi:

    Monetary policy is working its way through the economy, growth is picking up. And inflation expectations have recovered from their trough.

  5. Fergal Smith:

    The market looks like it wants to test the March trough, which comes in just above 14,600, so that will be a fairly pivotal spot for the index.

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