- Fortification. a long, narrow excavation in the ground, the earth from which is thrown up in front to serve as a shelter from enemy fire or attack.
- trenches, a system of such excavations, with their embankments, etc.
- a deep furrow, ditch, or cut.
- Oceanography. a long, steep-sided, narrow depression in the ocean floor.
- to surround or fortify with trenches; entrench.
- to cut a trench in.
- to set or place in a trench.
- to form (a furrow, ditch, etc.) by cutting into or through something.
- to make a cut in; cut into; carve.
- to dig a trench.
- trench on/upon,
- to encroach or infringe on.
- to come close to; verge on: His remarks were trenching on poor taste.
Origin of trench
- Richard Chen·e·vix [shen-uh-vee] /ˈʃɛn ə vi/, 1807–86, English clergyman and scholar, born in Ireland.
Examples from the Web for trench
You don't bag something and leave it by the trench while you go back to the truck for your lunch.The Real-Life Raiders of the Lost Ark
November 14, 2014
Early airpower theorists were not only repelled by trench warfare.Why the U.S. Army Is Stuck in the 19th Century
September 2, 2014
The guys that I was partnering with early on wanted the logo to be a guy opening his trench coat.The Movie Nudity Maestro: Jim McBride on 15 Years of Mr. Skin and That Scarlett Johansson Scene
August 9, 2014
And the highlight for me was touching down at the bottom of the trench.James Cameron Dives into the Ocean's Abyss
July 21, 2014
The 'floral' trench at the Chelsea Flower Show was created by a team representing the City of Birmingham.Queen Visits 'Floral' Trench
May 20, 2014
And to all who showed above the trench the danger was great.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
The captured first trench was utilized by the attacking force.
A few minutes only and the first Russian trench line was reached.
Then it was up and down the trench again for another hour or so.From the St. Lawrence to the Yser with the 1st Canadian brigade
Frederic C. Curry
A Roman trench and a Norman keep are its principal products.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
- 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)
- (tr) to fortify with a trench or trenches
- to slash or be slashed
- (intr; foll by on or upon) to encroach or verge
Word Origin and History for trench
late 14c., "track cut through a wood," later "long, narrow ditch" (late 15c.), from Old French trenche "a slice, ditch" (late 13c.), from trenchier "to cut," possibly from Vulgar Latin *trincare, from Latin truncare "to cut or lop off" (see truncate). Trenches for military protection are first so called c.1500. Trench warfare first attested 1918. Trench-coat first recorded 1916, a type of coat worn by British officers in the trenches.
- A long, steep-sided valley on the ocean floor. Trenches form when one tectonic plate slides beneath another plate at a subduction zone. The Marianas Trench, located in the western Pacific east of the Philippines, is the deepest known trench (10,924 m or 35,831 ft) and the deepest area in the ocean.