trough

noun
\ ˈtrȯf How to pronounce trough (audio) , ˈtrȯth, by bakers often ˈtrō\
plural troughs\ ˈtrȯfs How to pronounce troughs (audio) , ˈtrȯvz ; ˈtrȯths , ˈtrȯ(t͟h)z ; ˈtrōz \

Definition of trough

1a : a long shallow often V-shaped receptacle for the drinking water or feed of domestic animals
b : any of various domestic or industrial containers
2a : a conduit, drain, or channel for water especially : a gutter along the eaves of a building
b : 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 : the minimum point of a complete cycle of a periodic function: such as
a : an elongated area of low barometric pressure
b : the low point in a business cycle

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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

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That is down sharply from three months ago, but still well above the trough multiples seen during the last two major selloffs of the past decade. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Apple Can’t Just Phone It In," 27 Jan. 2019 The CloudFisher was described by the WaterFoundation as the first maintance-free fog collector that can withstand wind speeds of up 75 miles per hour with flexible troughs following the movement of the net in the wind. The Christian Science Monitor, "Fog catchers turn mist into water in the Moroccan mountains," 17 May 2018 GE’s shares are up by nearly 70% since their mid-December trough. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "GE’s Biotech Miracle Cure," 25 Feb. 2019 Then in 2018, the industry plunged into the trough of disillusionment, with some people wondering if driverless technology might be decades away. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "The hype around driverless cars came crashing down in 2018," 30 Dec. 2018 Solar experts expect the solarcoaster to rattle out of its current trough. The Economist, "Can the solar industry survive without subsidies?," 14 June 2018 The men’s room consists of a ceramic trough only partially hidden from public view by a flimsy sign board for Miller Lite. John Otis, WSJ, "Colombia Wants to Boost Its National Sport. That Might Mean Less Beer.," 4 Dec. 2018 To use those rights, a rancher would need to build troughs and pipelines to collect water for cattle and disperse the animals across the range. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Bundyville Chapter Three: A Clan Not to Cross," 17 May 2018 Sharing energy over a wider geographic area improves efficiency, smooths out peaks and troughs in demand, reduces the use of duplicative backup resources, allows for the integration of more renewable energy, and reduces power prices. David Roberts, Vox, "A massive new study confirms a national energy grid would pay for itself.," 3 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of trough

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

History and Etymology for trough

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

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

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trough

noun

English Language Learners Definition of trough

: 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

noun
\ ˈtrȯf How to pronounce trough (audio) \

Kids Definition of trough

1 : a long shallow open container especially for water or feed for livestock
2 : a channel for water : gutter
3 : a long channel or hollow

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Medical Definition of trough

— see gingival trough

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