dig a trench

dig a ditch, dig a channel

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • trench — /trench/, n. 1. Fort. a long, narrow excavation in the ground, the earth from which is thrown up in front to serve as a shelter from enemy fire or attack. 2. trenches, a system of such excavations, with their embankments, etc. 3. a deep furrow,… …   Universalium

  • trench — ► NOUN 1) a long, narrow ditch. 2) a ditch dug by troops to provide shelter from enemy fire. 3) (also ocean trench) a long, narrow, deep depression in the ocean bed. ► VERB ▪ dig a trench or trenches in. ORIGIN Old French trenche, from Latin… …   English terms dictionary

  • trench — /trɛntʃ / (say trench) noun 1. Fortifications a long, narrow excavation in the ground, the earth from which is thrown up in front to serve as a shelter from the enemy s fire, etc. 2. (plural) a system of such excavations, with their embankments,… …   Australian English dictionary

  • trench — n. 1) to dig a trench 2) a slit trench 3) (misc.) in the trenches (during World War I) * * * [trentʃ] a slit trench to dig a trench (misc.) in the trenches (during World War I) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • trench — I. noun Etymology: Middle English trenche track cut through a wood, from Anglo French, act of cutting, ditch, from trencher, trenchier to cut, probably from Vulgar Latin *trinicare to cut in three, from Latin trini three each more at trine Date:… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • trench — n. & v. n. 1 a long narrow usu. deep depression or ditch. 2 Mil. a this dug by troops to stand in and be sheltered from enemy fire. b (in pl.) a defensive system of these. 3 a long narrow deep depression in the ocean bed. v. 1 tr. dig a trench or …   Useful english dictionary

  • dig —    Eli;    ♦ dig with a sharp tool, kipi;    ♦ dig holes with a stick, ōkupe;    ♦ dig with a spade or an ō ō, ōla ola o;    ♦ dig food crops, kā ai;    ♦ dig a trench, ditch, or furrow, uwa a, āwa a;    ♦ dig often, eli eli;    ♦ dig under,… …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • trench — noun 1》 a long, narrow ditch.     ↘a ditch of this type dug by troops to provide shelter from enemy fire. 2》 (also ocean trench) a long, narrow, deep depression in the ocean bed, typically running parallel to a plate boundary and marking a… …   English new terms dictionary

  • trench — [[t]trɛntʃ[/t]] n. 1) for a long, narrow excavation in the ground dug by soldiers as a defense against enemy fire or attack 2) civ a deep furrow, ditch, or cut 3) oce a long, narrow depression in the deep sea floor, site of ocean deeps 4) for to… …   From formal English to slang

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