noun \ˈdich\

: a long narrow hole that is dug along a road, field, etc., and used to hold or move water

Full Definition of DITCH

:  a long narrow excavation dug in the earth (as for drainage)

Examples of DITCH

  1. He drove the car into the ditch.
  2. <after skidding on the ice, our car went right into the ditch>

Origin of DITCH

Middle English dich, from Old English dīc dike, ditch; akin to Middle High German tīch pond, dike
First Known Use: before 12th century

Related to DITCH

dike, fosse (or foss), gutter, sheugh [chiefly Scottish], trench, trough

Other Civil Engineering Terms

asphalt, ballast, barrage, cantilever, infrastructure, sluice



: to stop having or using (something you no longer want or need) : to get rid of (something)

: to end a relationship with (someone)

: to get away from (someone you do not want to be with) without saying that you are leaving

Full Definition of DITCH

transitive verb
a :  to enclose with a ditch
b :  to dig a ditch in
:  to make a forced landing of (an airplane) on water
a :  to get rid of :  discard <ditch an old car>
b :  to end association with :  leave <ditched school> <his girlfriend ditched him>
intransitive verb
:  to dig a ditch
:  to crash-land at sea

Examples of DITCH

  1. The thief ditched the purse in an alley.
  2. They ditched the car in a vacant lot.
  3. They ditched me at the concert.

First Known Use of DITCH

14th century


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