Definitions of trench

  1. a long steep- sided depression in the ocean floor
  2. cut a trench in, as for drainage; " ditch the land to drain it"; " trench the fields"
  3. impinge or infringe upon; " This impinges on my rights as an individual"; " This matter entrenches on other domains"
  4. a ditch dug as a fortification having a parapet of the excavated earth
  5. any long ditch cut in the ground
  6. dig a trench or trenches; " The National Guardsmen were sent out to trench"
  7. set, plant, or bury in a trench; " trench the fallen soldiers"; " trench the vegetables"
  8. cut or carve deeply into; " letters trenched into the stone"
  9. fortify by surrounding with trenches; " He trenched his military camp"
  10. To cut; to form or shape by cutting; to make by incision, hewing, or the like.
  11. To fortify by cutting a ditch, and raising a rampart or breastwork with the earth thrown out of the ditch; to intrench.
  12. To cut furrows or ditches in; as, to trench land for the purpose of draining it.
  13. To dig or cultivate very deeply, usually by digging parallel contiguous trenches in succession, filling each from the next; as, to trench a garden for certain crops.
  14. To encroach; to intrench.
  15. To have direction; to aim or tend.
  16. A long, narrow cut in the earth; a ditch; as, a trench for draining land.
  17. An alley; a narrow path or walk cut through woods, shrubbery, or the like.
  18. An excavation made during a siege, for the purpose of covering the troops as they advance toward the besieged place. The term includes the parallels and the approaches.
  19. A long, narrow cut or ditch in the earth; open ditch for draining; a deep ditch dug along the front line of battle and held as a defensive position or as a base from which to attack the enemy.
  20. To cut a ditch in; to intrench, as an army.
  21. To encroach.
  22. To cut or dig a ditch: to dig deeply with the spade or plough.
  23. A long narrow cut in the earth: ( fort.) an excavation to interrupt the approach of an enemy: the excavated approaches made by besiegers.
  24. A ditch.
  25. To cut or dig deeply; cut a ditch in.
  26. To dig a trench in or about; encroach; cut trenches.
  27. A long narrow excavation in the ground; ditch.
  28. Deep cuttings made by besiegers to enable them to approach the place attacked with more security. To open the trenches, to begin to dig or form the lines of approach.
  29. A long narrow cut in the earth; a ditch; a deep ditch cut for defence.
  30. To cut or dig a channel for water; to fortify by cutting a ditch and raising a rampart; to furrow.
  31. A narrow cut or ditch excavated in the earth; in mil., a deep ditch cut for defence, or to interrupt the approach of an enemy; the wall or breastwork formed by the earth thrown out of the ditch.
  32. To cut; to dig a ditch in; to fortify or defend with trenches and earthen breastworks; to encroach upon; to furrow deeply with the spade or plough.

Usage examples for trench

  1. I had just time to throw myself flat in the trench which was about eighteen inches deep when the shell burst in a straight line for me. – The Incomparable 29th and the "River Clyde" by George Davidson
  2. They cast turf, stakes, pebbles and chariots with their wheels into the trench so as to fill it up the more quickly; but before this was accomplished the immense throng of the Barbarians undulated over the plain with a single movement and came beating against the foot of the walls like an overflowing sea. – Salammbo by Gustave Flaubert
  3. What is the distance to the enemy trench – With Haig on the Somme by D. H. Parry
  4. I believe Trench is right. – A Master's Degree by Margaret Hill McCarter
  5. That is to say, there are duck- boards along a ditch, and the ditch runs into a trench – Tales of War by Lord Dunsany
  6. Trench who had had his ear to the ground, sat up suddenly. – A Master's Degree by Margaret Hill McCarter
  7. It is one thing to occupy a trench already made, quite another to dig one under fire. – On Land And Sea At The Dardanelles by Thomas Charles Bridges
  8. What a wonderful sight was that, when fire fell from heaven and burnt up the sacrifice, and the wood, and the altar, and even the water in the trench around the altar! – Child's Story of the Bible by Mary A. Lathbury
  9. With the rapidity of lightning his little host flew over the hills, reached the cliffs which divided them from the town, and leaped down before the outward trench of the castle of Lanark. – The Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter
  10. Minnie coming along to blow the whole trench inside out ... – Non-combatants and Others by Rose Macaulay
  11. Shortly afterwards his sergeant passed again, and said to him: " We are going back to our trench they shall come and fetch you later." – The New Book Of Martyrs by Georges Duhamel
  12. That day there was an additional supply of mud and water in our trench – Private Peat by Harold R. Peat
  13. The trench was ours, although the English twice attempted to turn us out of it. – “Crumps”, The Plain Story of a Canadian Who Went by Louis Keene
  14. The Doctor and Marie Ivanovna disappeared behind the trench – The Dark Forest by Hugh Walpole
  15. In the afternoon, they dug a huge trench – Angel Island by Inez Haynes Gillmore
  16. I followed the Captain with me eye, gentlemen, and I'm blessed if he didn't walk straight across the open and over the support trench – Okewood of the Secret Service by Valentine Williams
  17. That is what makes you a great military people; the French soldiers got accustomed to the hardship of trench life far more readily than ours. – General Bramble by André Maurois
  18. The Belgae giving way, the legion was driven back and ran in terror to reach the trench and the gates of the camp. – Tacitus: The Histories, Volumes I and II by Caius Cornelius Tacitus
  19. Father Vincent saw the knife thrown, and turned back, but the man in the trench seized him with steel muscles and dragged him into its hollow. – The Lady of Fort St. John by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  20. We captured some German prisoners from that very trench – A Minstrel In France by Harry Lauder