- 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
Examples from the Web for trenches
Comedians are in the trenches, the ones that get out of the trenches are ones in trouble.Joan Rivers: Our Last Interview
September 4, 2014
But it is often in the trenches that the truth is most apparent.The AHA’s Absurd Saturated Fat Obsession
Dr. Barbara H. Roberts
June 3, 2014
Soon troops from both sides exited the trenches, met their enemies in peace and even agreed not to fire on one another.Blood and Mud: A French Soldier’s WWI Memoir Vividly Describes Trench Warfare
May 1, 2014
On display in the showroom were elegant women in long black pants and finely lapelled jackets and trenches.The Last "Real" Couture House
March 5, 2014
They fall backwards into trenches, the camera jolting with the concussive force of the explosions.WWII Lies of Hollywood's Greats
February 22, 2014
Trenches were dug round the hut and tent, so that they must have had rain.Explorations in Australia
The officers and men not employed in the trenches were directed to lie down.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
But some laughed and said the trenches were telling on men's nerves.The Comrade In White
W. H. Leathem
Roger, you will be very careful, won't you, in the trenches?'Echoes of the War
J. M. Barrie
It destroyed the trenches and killed or wounded hundreds of the defenders.
- a system of excavations used for the protection of troops, esp those (the Trenches) used at the front line in World War I
- 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 trenches
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.