1
: furrowed or drained by trenches
2
: provided with protective trenches

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Canton Street, Good Latimer Expressway, Commerce Street, Main Street, Elm Street, Cesar Chavez Boulevard, Pacific Avenue, Live Oak Street and Ross Avenue would cross over the trenched highway, connecting Deep Ellum to the rest of the city. Dallas News, 24 May 2022 As a divider between the lawn and garden beds, edging can be as simple as a trenched edge or a shallow, V-shape ditch. Kelly Roberson, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 Sep. 2022 At the trenched front line the next day, soldiers sat around jars of borscht and cured lard that volunteers had brought them. Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2022 Technically, the ditches are considered Oakmont’s only water hazards, even if the fast-moving groundwater rarely remains in the trenched channels long enough to puddle. Bill Pennington, New York Times, 11 June 2016

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Word History

First Known Use

1541, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of trenched was in 1541

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Cite this Entry

“Trenched.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trenched. Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

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