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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 plan>b :  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

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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