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ditch

noun \ ˈdich \

Definition of ditch

: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

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Origin and Etymology of ditch

Middle English dich, from Old English dīc dike, ditch; akin to Middle High German tīch pond, dike

ditch Synonyms

Synonyms
dike, fosse (or foss), gutter, sheugh [chiefly Scottish], trench, trough
Related Words
acequia [Southwest], culvert, drain, draw, gully (also gulley), ravine; drill, furrow; ha-ha, moat, stank [British dialect], sunk fence; kennel

Other Civil Engineering Terms


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ditch

verb

Definition of ditch

transitive verb
1 a :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
2 aviation :to make a forced landing of (an airplane) on water
  • successfully ditched the plane
3 a :to get rid of :discard
  • ditch an old car
  • had to ditch their plan
b :to end association with :leave
  • ditched school
  • His girlfriend ditched him.
intransitive verb
1 :to dig a ditch
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.

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Origin and Etymology of ditch

see 1ditch

ditch Synonyms

Synonyms
blow off, break off (with), dump, jilt, kiss off, leave, kiss good-bye
Related Words
brush (aside or off), cold-shoulder, cut, high-hat, slight, snub; abandon, desert, forsake, maroon, quit
Near Antonyms
hook up (with), take; befriend, latch (on or onto)

DITCH Defined for English Language Learners

ditch

noun

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


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

noun \ ˈdich \

Definition of ditch for Students

:a long narrow channel or trench dug in the earth

2

ditch

verb

Definition of ditch for Students

ditched; ditching
1 :to get rid of :discard
  • He ditched the old car.
2 :to end a relationship with
  • She ditched her friends.


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