trench

A trench is a deep and narrow hole, or ditch, in the ground, like the kind soldiers on frontlines might dig to give themselves shelter from the enemy.

A natural trench may also be a deep hole on the bottom of the ocean. The verb trench means to dig or to cut into, but you will most often hear the word as a noun, particularly relating to soldiers. The phrase trench warfare became popular around World War I, when technological advances in weapons changed the way that wars were fought. Today, you may have even own a trench coat, a kind of raincoat first worn by soldiers.

Definitions of trench
  1. noun
    any long ditch cut in the ground
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    furrow
    a long shallow trench in the ground (especially one made by a plow)
    cut, gash
    a trench resembling a furrow that was made by erosion or excavation
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    ditch
    a long narrow excavation in the earth
  2. noun
    a ditch dug as a fortification having a parapet of the excavated earth
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    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
    fosse, moat
    ditch dug as a fortification and usually filled with water
    slit trench
    narrow trench for shelter in battle
    type of:
    ditch
    a long narrow excavation in the earth
  3. noun
    a long steep-sided depression in the ocean floor
    synonyms: deep, oceanic abyss
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    Atacama Trench
    a depression in the floor of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Chile
    Bougainville Trench
    a depression in the floor of the Pacific Ocean between New Guinea and the Solomon Islands
    Japan Trench
    a depression in the floor of the Pacific Ocean to the northeast of Japan that reaches depths of 30,000 feet
    Nares Deep
    a depression in the floor of the Atlantic Ocean to the north of Haiti and Puerto Rico
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    depression, natural depression
    a sunken or depressed geological formation
  4. verb
    cut a trench in, as for drainage
    trench the fields”
    synonyms: ditch
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    dig, excavate, hollow
    remove the inner part or the core of
  5. verb
    fortify by surrounding with trenches
    “He trenched his military camp”
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    fort, fortify
    enclose by or as if by a fortification
  6. verb
    dig a trench or trenches
    “The National Guardsmen were sent out to trench
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    dig, dig out
    create by digging
  7. verb
    cut or carve deeply into
    “letters trenched into the stone”
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    cut
    separate with or as if with an instrument
  8. verb
    set, plant, or bury in a trench
    trench the vegetables”
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    lay, place, pose, position, put, set
    put into a certain place or abstract location
  9. verb
    impinge or infringe upon
    synonyms: encroach, entrench, impinge
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    take advantage, trespass
    make excessive use of
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