Definition of trench
1a : a long cut in the ground : ditch; especially : one used for military defense often with the excavated dirt thrown up in frontb trenches plural : a place, position, or level at which an activity is carried on in a manner likened to trench warfare —often used in the phrase in the trenches activists working in the trenches
2 : a long, narrow, and usually steep-sided depression in the ocean floor — compare trough
3 : trench coat
Examples of trench in a Sentence
dug a trench and filled it with water in an attempt to keep the forest fire off her property
Recent Examples of trench from the Web
The television journalists with their trench coats and stentorian inflections.
In the same way that football is a game of inches, Maintenance Mania is often, in the same way, won in the trenches, with the winners and the also-rans separated by mere fractions of seconds.
One of Brigade 55’s three battalions attacked the Jordanian position known as Ammunition Hill, and fought one of the bloodiest battles of the war, hand-to-hand combat in trenches.
The Washington people around Trump hide in the trenches of the past instead of building the future.
But in the Rose Canyon trench, things are very chaotic.
Johnson says this Japanese technique is fairly simple to pull off: Dig a trench, line it with soil and rocks, and fill it in with gravel.
The slurry wall leaks in major areas and the EPA had to install a groundwater trench around the site that collects 20,000 gallons a week, which is shipped to Detroit for treatment.
We were set under siege by them, and our actions during the first days were very much like the hasty digging of trenches.
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Origin and Etymology of trench
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Definition of trench for English Language Learners
: a long, narrow hole that is dug in the ground
: a deep, narrow hole in the ground that is used as protection for soldiers
: a long, narrow hole in the ocean floor
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Definition of trench for Students
: a long narrow ditch
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