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ditch

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noun \ˈdich\

Definition of ditch

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

Examples of ditch in a sentence

  1. He drove the car into the ditch.

  2. after skidding on the ice, our car went right into the ditch

Origin and Etymology 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

Other Civil Engineering Terms


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ditch

verb

Definition of ditch

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to surround with a long narrow cavity in the earth :  to enclose with a ditch (see 1ditch) The pasture was hedged and ditched.b :  to dig a ditch in

  3. 2 aviation :  to make a forced landing of (an airplane) on water successfully ditched the plane

  4. 3a :  to get rid of :  discard ditch an old car had to ditch their planb :  to end association with :  leave ditched school His girlfriend ditched him.

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to dig a ditch

  7. 2 aviation :  to crash-land at sea

Examples of ditch in a sentence

  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.

Origin and Etymology of ditch

see 1ditch


First Known Use: 14th century


DITCH Defined for English Language Learners

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ditch

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noun \ˈdich\

Definition of ditch for English Language Learners

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


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ditch

verb

Definition of ditch for English Language Learners

  • : 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


DITCH Defined for Kids

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ditch

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noun \ˈdich\

Definition of ditch for Students

  1. :  a long narrow channel or trench dug in the earth


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ditch

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verb

Definition of ditch for Students

ditched

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ditching

  1. 1 :  to get rid of :  discard He ditched the old car.

  2. 2 :  to end a relationship with She ditched her friends.



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