\ ˈtrȯf How to pronounce trough (audio) , ˈtrȯth, by bakers often ˈtrō \
plural troughs\ ˈtrȯfs How to pronounce trough (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

Keep scrolling for more

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 However, record-high prices and worries about labor shortages saw Lowe’s continue to close down – which may soon present an opportune buying opportunity for investors who missed the 2020 buy-in trough. - Investing Reimagined, Forbes, 24 May 2021 The rust-resistant 24-inch-long trough has a replaceable coconut fiber liner, a natural material that holds in soil, but allows water to drain out. Adrienne Jordan, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 May 2021 The upper-level trough will account for dramatic temperature changes in a number of cities along its path. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, 3 May 2021 But since that trough, the rebound has been remarkable—and historic. Anne Sraders, Fortune, 23 Mar. 2021 Second, a surface trough and mid-to-upper-level disturbance over the western Gulf of Mexico is producing thunderstorms. Joe Mario Pedersen,, 21 May 2021 The weak trough that produced sporadic and scattered showers in greater San Diego on Sunday will last until late Monday night, when the system clears off to the east, says the National Weather Service. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 May 2021 Paula showers in her handmade bathroom on the school bus, which includes a compost toilet and bathtub made from a metal trough. Time, 30 Apr. 2021 My picks from a year ago did well, as the stock market recovered from a trough spurred by the Covid-19 pandemic. John Dorfman, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'trough.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about trough

Time Traveler for trough

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for trough

Last Updated

4 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Trough.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for trough



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


\ 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


Medical Definition of trough

— see gingival trough


Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Dog Breeds

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!