- a long, narrow, open receptacle, usually boxlike in shape, used chiefly to hold water or food for animals.
- any of several similarly shaped receptacles used for various commercial or household purposes.
- a channel or conduit for conveying water, as a gutter under the eaves of a building for carrying away rain water.
- any long depression or hollow, as between two ridges or waves.
- Oceanography. a long, wide, and deep depression in the ocean floor having gently sloping sides, wider and shallower than a trench.Compare trench(def 4).
- Meteorology. an elongated area of relatively low pressure.
- the lowest point, especially in an economic cycle.
Origin of trough
Related Words for troughtrench, manger, canal, moat, gully, cup, duct, dike, crib, hollow, watercourse, flume, ditch, dip, channel, furrow
Examples from the Web for trough
Contemporary Examples of trough
Plunging toward the trough of a shockwave, the engine screams to a halt.Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘The Wind Rises’: An Anime Icon Bows Out
November 15, 2013
Strangely, the year marked a trough, since their 1996 return reported donations of $35,530.The Stingiest Politicians
The Daily Beast
April 16, 2010
But no: whether on the left or the right, they are all pigs at a trough of clichés.A Rage in Oakland
January 9, 2009
Remove the turkey to a cutting board with a trough to catch any drippings and let it rest for about 20 minutes.Simple Roast Turkey, Shiitake Gravy
The Daily Beast
November 25, 2008
Historical Examples of trough
She see us a-wallowin' in the trough and our mast thrashin' for all it was worth.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
At the next instant, the brig rose on a sea, settled in the trough, and struck.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Once he got up and walked over to the trough for a drink of water.White Fang
She did not know how to sit at table, and would only eat out of a trough.The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete
Madame La Marquise De Montespan
Harold tumbled out of the trough in the excess of his emotion.The Golden Age
- a narrow open container, esp one in which food or water for animals is put
- a narrow channel, gutter, or gulley
- a narrow depression either in the land surface, ocean bed, or between two successive waves
- meteorol an elongated area of low pressure, esp an extension of a depressionCompare ridge (def. 6)
- a single or temporary low point; depression
- physics the portion of a wave, such as a light wave, in which the amplitude lies below its average value
- economics the lowest point or most depressed stage of the trade cycle
- (intr) informal to eat, consume, or take greedily
Word Origin for trough
Old English trog, from Proto-Germanic *trugoz (cf. Old Frisian, Old Saxon, Old Norse trog, Middle Dutch troch, Dutch trog, Old High German troc, German trog), perhaps ultimately from PIE *drukos, from root *dru- "wood, tree" (see tree). Originally pronounced in English with a hard -gh- (as in Scottish loch); pronunciation shifted to -f-, but spelling remained.
- The part of a wave with the least magnitude; the lowest part of a wave. Compare crest. See more at wave.
- A narrow, elongated region of relatively low atmospheric pressure occurring at the ground surface or in the upper atmosphere, and often associated with a front. Compare ridge.