- combat in which each side occupies a system of protective trenches.
Origin of trench warfare
First recorded in 1915–20
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Examples from the Web for trench warfare
To maintain the normal semblance of trench-warfare was an easy task for the German, and one that he never failed in.
This process of relief and the general conditions brought a return of trench-warfare almost on its old lines.
After trench-warfare days there was an incongruity in some episodes, which was not devoid of humour.
It was the beginning of trench-warfare, though owing to the nature of the country there were few trenches.Adventures of a Despatch Rider
W. H. L. Watson
Another extensive project in the trench-warfare program was the manufacture of the so-called toxic gas sets.America's Munitions 1917-1918
- a type of warfare in which opposing armies face each other in entrenched positions
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Warfare marked by slow wearing down of the opposing forces and piecemeal gains at heavy cost. The term applies especially to World War I.
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