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Noun: trench  trench
  1. Any long ditch cut in the ground
     
  2. A ditch dug as a fortification having a parapet of the excavated earth
     
  3. A long steep-sided depression in the ocean floor
    - deep, oceanic abyss
Verb: trench  trench
  1. Fortify by surrounding with trenches
    "He trenched his military camp"
     
  2. Cut or carve deeply into
    "letters trenched into the stone"
     
  3. Set, plant, or bury in a trench
    "trench the fallen soldiers"; "trench the vegetables"
     
  4. Cut a trench in, as for drainage
    "trench the fields";
    - ditch
     
  5. Dig a trench or trenches
    "The National Guardsmen were sent out to trench"
     
  6. [archaic] Have a negative effect on, esp. by somehow restricting; infringe upon
    "This trenches on my rights as an individual";
    - impinge, encroach, entrench

Derived forms: trenching, trenches, trenched

Type of: cut, depression, dig, dig out, ditch, excavate, fort, fortify, hollow, lay, natural depression, place, pose, position, put, set, take advantage, trespass

Part of: entrenchment, intrenchment

Encyclopedia: Trench, Telford