trench warfare


noun

combat in which each side occupies a system of protective trenches.

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Origin of trench warfare

First recorded in 1915–20
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British Dictionary definitions for trench warfare

trench warfare

noun

a type of warfare in which opposing armies face each other in entrenched positions
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Cultural definitions for trench warfare

trench warfare

Warfare marked by slow wearing down of the opposing forces and piecemeal gains at heavy cost. The term applies especially to World War I.

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