ditch

A ditch is a long trench or pit dug into the ground. If your lawns are always soggy, build a drainage ditch for the excess water to flow into.

A ditch can be a man-made trench, usually long and narrow, dug into the earth, or a natural ditch made by flowing water. Originally used for farming, we now use ditch for any pit in the ground. Ditch can also be a verb meaning to toss something or forsake it. You can ditch a plan that's going wrong, or a boyfriend who is misbehaving. If you make an emergency crash landing, you ditch your plane.

Primary Meanings of ditch

1.
nv
a long narrow excavation in the earth
cut a trench in, as for drainage
2.
v
crash or crash-land
3.
v
forsake
Full Definitions of ditch
1

n a long narrow excavation in the earth

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drainage ditch
a ditch for carrying off excess water or sewage
irrigation ditch
a ditch to supply dry land with water artificially
ha-ha, haw-haw, sunk fence
a ditch with one side being a retaining wall; used to divide lands without defacing the landscape
trench
a ditch dug as a fortification having a parapet of the excavated earth
trench
any long ditch cut in the ground
approach trench, communication trench
a trench that provides protected passage between the rear and front lines of a defensive position
fire trench
a trench especially constructed for the delivery of small-arms fire
furrow
a long shallow trench in the ground (especially one made by a plow)
fosse, moat
ditch dug as a fortification and usually filled with water
slit trench
narrow trench for shelter in battle
Type of:
excavation
a hole in the ground made by excavating

n any small natural waterway

Type of:
waterway
a navigable body of water

v cut a trench in, as for drainage

ditch the land to drain it”
Synonyms:
trench
Type of:
dig, excavate, hollow
remove the inner part or the core of
2

v crash or crash-land

ditch a car”
ditch a plane”
Type of:
crash
cause to crash

v make an emergency landing on water

Type of:
crash land
make an emergency landing
3

v forsake

ditch a lover”
Type of:
abandon, desert, desolate, forsake
leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch

v throw away

Synonyms:
chuck
Type of:
abandon
forsake, leave behind

v sever all ties with, usually unceremoniously or irresponsibly

Synonyms:
dump
Type of:
get rid of, remove
dispose of