trough

If you live on a farm, you already know that a trough is what animals eat out of. The word actually refers to the shape of the container, and can mean anything that is low and hollowed out––a math curve, a depression in the ground.

In the olden days, people, like animals, ate from troughs. Gradually, we got fancy enough to divide our food between bowls and plates, but there is some lingering connection between the idea of trough and rough, peasant living.

Primary Meanings of trough

1.
n
a long narrow shallow receptacle
2.
n
a treasury for government funds
Full Definitions of trough
1

n a long narrow shallow receptacle

Types:
cradle, rocker
a trough that can be rocked back and forth; used by gold miners to shake auriferous earth in water in order to separate the gold
Type of:
receptacle
a container that is used to put or keep things in

n a concave shape with an open top

Synonyms:
bowl
Type of:
concave shape, concavity, incurvation, incurvature
a shape that curves or bends inward

n a container (usually in a barn or stable) from which cattle or horses feed

Synonyms:
manger
Types:
bunk, feed bunk
a long trough for feeding cattle
Type of:
container
any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another)

n a channel along the eaves or on the roof; collects and carries away rainwater

Synonyms:
gutter
Types:
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chute, slide, slideway, sloping trough
sloping channel through which things can descend
cullis
a gutter in a roof
coal chute
a chute for coal
runway
a chute down which logs can slide
water chute
chute with flowing water down which toboggans and inner tubes and people slide into a pool
Type of:
channel
a passage for water (or other fluids) to flow through

n a narrow depression (as in the earth or between ocean waves or in the ocean bed)

Types:
swale
a low area (especially a marshy area between ridges)
Type of:
depression, natural depression
a sunken or depressed geological formation
2

n a treasury for government funds

Synonyms:
public treasury, till
Type of:
exchequer, treasury
the funds of a government or institution or individual

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