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.
- subtrench, noun
- un·trenched, adjective
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How to use trench in a sentence
Now, let’s return to the trenches and talk about what’s going on up front.In modern defensive fronts, the names have been changed | Richard Johnson | November 23, 2020 | Washington Post
Ranch owner Kevin Halverson, 70, spent the morning shoveling snow out of the trench.
I’m looking at a trench on part of a 7,500-acre ranch outside Big Timber, Montana.
As trenches flooded, bomb craters on the battlefield filled with muddy water and swallowed artillery, horses, and people.A climate anomaly may have worsened the 1918 pandemic and WWI | Kate Baggaley | September 25, 2020 | Popular-Science
If there are a half-dozen “Floridas,” one of them is sure to be Wisconsin, home to some of the closest elections and nastiest partisan trench warfare of the past decade.
You don't bag something and leave it by the trench while you go back to the truck for your lunch.
Early airpower theorists were not only repelled by trench warfare.
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 | Marlow Stern | August 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The goal was to get a human being to the bottom of the Mariana trench for the first time since Cameron was a 5-year-old.
And the highlight for me was touching down at the bottom of the trench.
No word of the bombs and trench mortars I asked for six weeks ago, but the "bayonets" are coming in liberally now.
I asked him if that amounted to one shell per yard and he said the whole length of the trench was less than 100 yards.
The band took up a position in an old Spanish trench and played as the troops filed past along the beach.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
The Anzacs are very much depressed to hear they are to get no more bombs for their six Japanese trench mortars.
On their march the Americans had to fight a hidden foe who slipped from trench to trench, or found safety in the woods.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
British Dictionary definitions for 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)
(tr) to fortify with a trench or trenches
to slash or be slashed
(intr; foll by on or upon) to encroach or verge
- See also trenches
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Scientific definitions for trench
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.
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