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ditch

[ dich ]
/ dɪtʃ /
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noun
a long, narrow excavation made in the ground by digging, as for draining or irrigating land; trench.
any open passage or trench, as a natural channel or waterway.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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Origin of ditch

before 900; 1940–45 for def. 5, 1885–90 for def. 6, 1955–60 for def. 9; Middle English dich,Old English dīc; cognate with German Teich.See dike1

OTHER WORDS FROM ditch

ditchless, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ditch (1 of 2)

ditch
/ (dɪtʃ) /

noun
verb

Derived forms of ditch

ditcher, nounditchless, adjective

Word Origin for ditch

Old English dīc; related to Old Saxon dīk, Old Norse dīki, Middle High German tīch dyke, pond, Latin fīgere to stick, see dyke 1

British Dictionary definitions for ditch (2 of 2)

Ditch
/ (dɪtʃ) /

noun NZ
the Ditch an informal name for the Tasman Sea
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Other Idioms and Phrases with ditch

ditch

see last-ditch effort.

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