Definition of Trench in English :

Define Trench in English

Trench meaning in English

Meaning of Trench in English

Pronunciation of Trench in English

Trench pronunciation in English

Pronounce Trench in English


see synonyms of trench


1. trench

a ditch dug as a fortification having a parapet of the excavated earth

2. deep, oceanic abyss, trench

a long steep-sided depression in the ocean floor

3. trench

any long ditch cut in the ground


4. encroach, entrench, impinge, trench

impinge or infringe upon

Example Sentences:
'This impinges on my rights as an individual'
'This matter entrenches on other domains'

5. trench

fortify by surrounding with trenches

Example Sentences:
'He trenched his military camp'

6. trench

cut or carve deeply into

Example Sentences:
'letters trenched into the stone'

7. trench

set, plant, or bury in a trench

Example Sentences:
'trench the fallen soldiers'
'trench the vegetables'

8. ditch, trench

cut a trench in, as for drainage

Example Sentences:
'ditch the land to drain it'
'trench the fields'

9. trench

dig a trench or trenches

Example Sentences:
'The National Guardsmen were sent out to trench'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of trench
a deep ditch or furrow
a ditch dug as a fortification, having a parapet of the excavated earth
to make a trench in (a place)
4. (transitive)
to fortify with a trench or trenches
to slash or be slashed
6. (intr; foll by on or upon)
to encroach or verge

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see synonyms of trench
verb transitive
to cut, cut into, cut off, etc.; slice, gash, etc.
to cut a deep furrow or furrows in
to dig a ditch or ditches in
to surround or fortify with trenches; entrench
verb intransitive
to dig a ditch or ditches, as for fortification
to infringe (on or upon another's land, rights, time, etc.)
to verge or border (on); come close
a deep furrow in the ground, ocean floor, etc.
a long, narrow ditch dug by soldiers for cover and concealment, with the removed earth heaped up in front

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of trench
1. A deep furrow or ditch.
2. A long narrow ditch embanked with its own soil and used for concealment and protection in warfare.
3. A long, steep-sided valley on the ocean floor.
v. trenched, trench·ing, trench·es
1. To dig or make a trench or trenches in (land or an area, for example).
2. To place in a trench: trench a pipeline.
1. To dig a trench or trenches.
2. To encroach. Often used with on or upon: "The bishop exceeded his powers, and trenched on those of the king" (Francis Parkman).
3. To verge or border. Often used with on or upon: "a broad playfulness that trenched on buffoonery" (George Meredith).

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