trough

noun \ ˈtrȯf , ˈtrȯth , by bakers often ˈtrō \

Definition of trough

plural troughs play \ˈtrȯfs, ˈtrȯvz; ˈtrȯths, ˈtrȯ(t͟h)z; ˈtrōz\
1 a :a long shallow often V-shaped receptacle for the drinking water or feed of domestic animals
b :any of various domestic or industrial containers
2 a :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

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

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

noun \ ˈtrȯf \

Definition of trough for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

trough

medical Definition of trough

— see gingival trough


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