Definition of Trench

v. t.1.To cut; to form or shape by cutting; to make by incision, hewing, or the like.
[imp. & p. p. Trenched ; p. pr. & vb. n. Trenching.]
The wide wound that the boar had trenched
In his soft flank.
- Shak.
This weak impress of love is as a figure
Trenched in ice, which with an hour's heat
Dissolves to water, and doth lose its form.
- Shak.
2.(Fort.) To fortify by cutting a ditch, and raising a rampart or breastwork with the earth thrown out of the ditch; to intrench.
No more shall trenching war channel her fields.
- Shak.
3.To cut furrows or ditches in; as, to trench land for the purpose of draining it.
4.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.
v. i.1.To encroach; to intrench.
Does it not seem as if for a creature to challenge to itself a boundless attribute, were to trench upon the prerogative of the divine nature?
- I. Taylor.
2.To have direction; to aim or tend.
To trench at
to make trenches against; to approach by trenches, as a town in besieging it.
Like powerful armies, trenching at a town
By slow and silent, but resistless, sap.
- Young.
n.1.A long, narrow cut in the earth; a ditch; as, a trench for draining land.
2.An alley; a narrow path or walk cut through woods, shrubbery, or the like.
In a trench, forth in the park, goeth she.
- Chaucer.
3.(Fort.) 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.
To open the trenches
(Mil.) to begin to dig or to form the lines of approach.
Trench cavalier
(Fort.) an elevation constructed (by a besieger) of gabions, fascines, earth, and the like, about half way up the glacis, in order to discover and enfilade the covered way.
Trench plow
a kind of plow for opening land to a greater depth than that of common furrows.

Related Words

Bassalia, abri, abysm, abyss, abyssal zone, adit, air-raid shelter, approach, approach trench, aqueduct, arroyo, barge in, bathyal zone, benthos, bomb shelter, bombproof, bore, bottom, bottom glade, bottom waters, bottomless depths, bottoms, box canyon, breach, break, break in, break in upon, bunker, burrow, burst in, butt in, canal, canalization, canalize, canyon, carve, cave, cavity, chamfer, channel, channelize, chap, charge in, chasm, check, chimney, chink, chisel, cleave, cleft, cleuch, clough, col, concealment, conduct, conduit, convey, corrugate, coulee, couloir, countermine, coupure, course, cover, covert, coverture, crack, cranny, crash, crash in, crash the gates, creep in, crevasse, crevice, crimp, crowd in, cut, cut apart, cut in, cwm, cyclone cellar, dado, dale, defile, dell, delve, dig, dig out, dike, dingle, donga, double sap, drain, draw, dredge, drill, drive, duct, earth, edge in, egress, elbow in, encroach, engrave, entrance, entrench, entrenchment, excavate, excavation, exit, fallout shelter, fault, fire trench, fissure, flaw, flume, flute, flying sap, foist in, fortified tunnel, fosse, foxhole, fracture, funk hole, funnel, furrow, gallery, gap, gape, gash, gill, glen, goffer, gouge, gouge out, groove, ground, grove, grub, gulf, gutter, ha-ha, hole, horn in, impinge, impose, impose on, impose upon, incise, incision, infiltrate, infringe, ingress, inner space, insinuate, interfere, interlope, interpose, intervale, intervene, intrude, invade, irrupt, joint, kennel, kloof, leak, lower, lunar rill, mine, notch, nullah, obtrude, ocean bottom, ocean depths, ocean floor, open, opening, parallel, pass, passage, passageway, pelagic zone, pipe, pleat, plow, press in, push in, put on, put through, put upon, quarry, rabbet, ravine, rent, rifle, rift, rime, rive, rupture, rush in, rut, safety zone, sap, scissure, scoop, scoop out, score, scrabble, scrape, scratch, seam, shelter, shovel, sink, siphon, slink in, slip in, slit, slit trench, slot, smash in, sneak in, spade, split, squeeze in, steal in, storm cave, storm cellar, storm in, strath, streak, striate, sunk fence, the deep, the deep sea, the deeps, the depths, throng in, thrust in, trespass, trough, troughing, troughway, tunnel, vale, valley, verge, void, wadi, way, work in, worm in, wrinkle


Trembling poplar
Trench cavalier
Trench plow
Trencher cap
Trencher fly
Trencher friend
Trencher mate
Trend of an anchor
Trente et quarante
# A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

© 2014 Delaflex, Inc.Dictionary Home | Privacy Policy