verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to encroach or infringe on.
- to come close to; verge on: His remarks were trenching on poor taste.
- trench coat,
- trench fever,
- trench foot,
- trench knife,
- trench mortar
Origin of trench
Examples from the Web for trench
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|DAILY BEAST
And the highlight for me was touching down at the bottom of the trench.
The 'floral' trench at the Chelsea Flower Show was created by a team representing the City of Birmingham.
The raiding, party hurled itself into the trench, headed by an officer of ferocious mien.
I knew that if they took the trench I was in it would be a bad job for our trenches behind.The Irish at the Front|Michael MacDonagh
A few paces ahead, the trench was crossed by a bridge (closed by a wicket gate) which connected the garden with the park.Armadale|Wilkie Collins
Along the crest of the plateau ran a sort of trench whose presence it was impossible for the distant observer to divine.Les Misrables|Victor Hugo
There might have been a regiment of Germans in the trench for all that Dubois and his two comrades could tell.Fighting in France|Ross Kay
Word Origin for trench
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.