trough

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noun \ˈtrȯf, ˈtrȯth, by bakers often ˈtrō\

Definition of trough

plural

troughs

play play \ˈtrȯfs, ˈtrȯvz; ˈtrȯths, ˈtrȯ(th)z; ˈtrōz\
  1. 1a :  a long shallow often V-shaped receptacle for the drinking water or feed of domestic animalsb :  any of various domestic or industrial containers

  2. 2a :  a conduit, drain, or channel for water; especially :  a gutter along the eaves of a buildingb :  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

  3. 3 :  the minimum point of a complete cycle of a periodic function: such asa :  an elongated area of low barometric pressureb :  the low point in a business cycle

Examples of trough in a Sentence

  1. The economy is in a trough right now.

  2. all of the wiring for the converted residential loft is concealed in a vertical trough

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Origin and Etymology of trough

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



TROUGH Defined for English Language Learners

trough

play
noun

Definition of trough for English Language Learners

  • : a long, shallow container from which animals (such as cows, pigs, horses, etc.) eat or drink

  • : a period in which there is little economic activity and prices are usually low

  • : a long, low area between waves or hills


TROUGH Defined for Kids

trough

play
noun \ˈtrȯf\

Definition of trough for Students

  1. 1 :  a long shallow open container especially for water or feed for livestock

  2. 2 :  a channel for water :  gutter

  3. 3 :  a long channel or hollow


Medical Dictionary

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Medical Definition of trough



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