What does trough mean?

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

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. troughnoun

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

  2. gutter, troughnoun

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

  3. bowl, troughnoun

    a concave shape with an open top

  4. public treasury, trough, tillnoun

    a treasury for government funds

  5. troughnoun

    a long narrow shallow receptacle

  6. manger, troughnoun

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


  1. troughnoun

    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. troughnoun

    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. troughnoun

    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. troughnoun

    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. troughnoun

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

    The troughs were filled with leaves and needed cleaning.

  6. troughnoun

    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. troughnoun

    A long, narrow depression between waves or ridges.

  8. troughverb

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

    he troughed his way through 3 meat pies.

  9. Etymology: 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Troughnoun

    Any thing hollowed and open longitudinally on the upper side.

    Etymology: trog, troh , Saxon; troch, Dutch; trou, Danish; traug, Islandick; truogo, Italian.

    The bloody boar
    That spoil’d your summer fields and fruitful vines,
    Swills your warm blood like wash, and makes his trough
    In your embowel’d bosoms. William Shakespeare, Rich. III.

    They had no ships but big troughs, which they call canoes. George Abbot, Description of the World.

    Where there is a good quick fall of rain water, lay a half trough of stone, of a good length, three foot deep, with one end upon the high ground, the other upon the low; cover the trough with brakes a good thickness, and cast sand upon the top of the brakes, the lower end of the trough will run like a spring of water. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist. №. 29.

    Some log, perhaps, upon the water swam,
    An useless drift, which rudely cut within,
    And hollow’d, first a floating trough became,
    And cross some riv’let passage did begin. Dryden.

    The water dissolves the particles of salt mixed in the stone, and is conveyed by long troughs and canals from the mines to Hall, where it is received in vast cisterns and boiled off. Add.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Troughnoun

    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. Troughnoun

    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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. trough

    [from the Anglo-Saxon troh]. A small boat broad at both ends. Also, the hollow or interval between two waves, which resembles a broad and deep trench perpetually fluctuating. As the set of the sea is produced by the wind, the waves and the trough are at right angles with it; hence a ship rolls heaviest when she is in the trough of the sea.

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  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. Takeshi Tsuji:

    Zones like the one we investigated are not uncommon along rifts, so I expect that similar reservoirs may exist elsewhere in the Okinawa Trough as well as other sediment-covered continental back-arc basins around the world.

  2. Jian Shi Cortesi:

    A lot of people still remember what happened during the financial crisis. That made banks really out of favor and that is reflected in the really trough valuations.

  3. Bernstein Research analyst Bruno Monteyne:

    This is bringing forward the profit trough, bringing forward the pain of unstretching the accounts, while many people will focus on the initial profit guidance, we consider this a sensible decision to start early with the necessary reset of accounts.

  4. Darryl Vink:

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

  5. Steve Chiu:

    Through provocative acts like this, he helps unify the moderates and frontline in the movement, it's like a wave. Sometimes we're in a trough and sometimes on a crest, and we're rising again.

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