Nearby words

  1. tremor,
  2. tremulant,
  3. tremulous,
  4. tremulously,
  5. trenail,
  6. trench coat,
  7. trench fever,
  8. trench foot,
  9. trench knife,
  10. trench mortar

Origin of trench

1350–1400; Middle English trenche path made by cutting < Old French: act of cutting, a cut, derivative of trenchier to cut < Vulgar Latin *trincāre, for Latin truncāre to lop; see truncate

Related formssub·trench, nounun·trenched, adjective

Trench

[trench]

noun

Richard Chen·e·vix [shen-uh-vee] /ˈʃɛn ə vi/, 1807–86, English clergyman and scholar, born in Ireland.
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British Dictionary definitions for trench

trench

noun

a deep ditch or furrow
a ditch dug as a fortification, having a parapet of the excavated earth

verb

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

Word Origin for trench

C14: from Old French trenche something cut, from trenchier to cut, from Latin truncāre to cut off

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Word Origin and History for trench

trench

n.

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.

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Science definitions for trench

trench

[trĕnch]

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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