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trench

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noun \ˈtrench\

Definition of trench

  1. 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. 2 :  a long, narrow, and usually steep-sided depression in the ocean floor — compare trough

  3. 3 :  trench coat

Examples of trench in a Sentence

  1. dug a trench and filled it with water in an attempt to keep the forest fire off her property

Origin and Etymology of trench

Middle English trenche track cut through a wood, from Anglo-French, act of cutting, ditch, from trencher, trenchier to cut, probably from Vulgar Latin *trinicare to cut in three, from Latin trini three each — more at trine


First Known Use: 15th century


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trench

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Definition of trench

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make a cut in :  carve

  3. 2a :  to protect with or as if with a trenchb :  to cut a trench in :  ditch

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1a :  entrench, encroach trenching on other domains which were more vital — Sir Winston Churchillb :  to come close :  verge

  6. 2 :  to dig a trench

15th Century

First Known Use of trench

15th century



TRENCH Defined for English Language Learners

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


TRENCH Defined for Kids

trench

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noun \ˈtrench\

Definition of trench for Students

  1. :  a long narrow ditch



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