ˈtrȯf How to pronounce trough (audio)
 by bakers often  ˈtrō
plural troughs ˈtrȯfs How to pronounce trough (audio)
: a long shallow often V-shaped receptacle for the drinking water or feed of domestic animals
: any of various domestic or industrial containers
: a conduit, drain, or channel for water
especially : a gutter along the eaves of a building
: a long and narrow or shallow channel or depression (as between waves or hills)
especially : a long but shallow depression in the bed of the sea compare trench
: the minimum point of a complete cycle of a periodic function: such as
: an elongated area of low barometric pressure
: the low point in a business cycle

Examples of trough in a Sentence

The economy is in a trough right now. all of the wiring for the converted residential loft is concealed in a vertical trough
Recent Examples on the Web For its part, Capital Economics predicted office values will fall more than 40% from peak to trough by the end of next year, with no recovery even by 2040 (a more haunting revision from the firm’s prior call). Alena Botros, Fortune, 2 July 2024 Unlike some other mini heat waves that hit last month, this bubble is building without a lower pressure trough trailing it, Gass said. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, 30 June 2024 Though neither system would directly affect South Florida, the trough connecting them causes deep moisture in the atmosphere. Shira Moolten, Sun Sentinel, 12 June 2024 These systems smooth out the peaks and troughs of generation and demand, and are increasingly essential for grid stability and making renewables work. Jon M. Williams, New York Daily News, 26 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for trough 

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Word History


Middle English, from Old English trog; akin to Old High German trog trough, Old English trēow tree, wood — more at tree entry 1

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of trough was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Trough.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


plural troughs ˈtrȯfs How to pronounce trough (audio) ˈtrȯvz How to pronounce trough (audio)
: a long shallow container for the drinking water or feed of domestic animals
: a pipe, drain, or channel for water
: a long and narrow or shallow hollow (as between waves or hills)

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