from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A deep furrow or ditch.
- n. A long narrow ditch embanked with its own soil and used for concealment and protection in warfare.
- n. A long, steep-sided valley on the ocean floor.
- transitive v. To cut a trench in.
- transitive v. To fortify with trenches.
- transitive v. To place in a trench.
- transitive v. To make a cut in; carve.
- intransitive v. To dig trenches or a trench.
- intransitive v. To verge or encroach. Often used with on or upon.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A long, narrow ditch or hole dug in the ground, especially in warfare.
- n. A pit, usually rectangular with smooth walls and floor, excavated during an archaeological investigation.
- n. A trench coat.
- v. To invade, especially with regard to the rights or the exclusive authority of another.
- v. To excavate an elongated pit for protection of soldiers and or equipment, usually perpendicular to the line of sight toward the enemy.
- v. To excavate an elongated and often narrow pit.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To cut; to form or shape by cutting; to make by incision, hewing, or the like.
- transitive v. To fortify by cutting a ditch, and raising a rampart or breastwork with the earth thrown out of the ditch; to intrench.
- transitive v. To cut furrows or ditches in.
- transitive v. To dig or cultivate very deeply, usually by digging parallel contiguous trenches in succession, filling each from the next.
- intransitive v. To encroach; to intrench.
- intransitive v. To have direction; to aim or tend.
- n. A long, narrow cut in the earth; a ditch.
- n. An alley; a narrow path or walk cut through woods, shrubbery, or the like.
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cut, as a notch, hole, mark, etc.; form by cutting; carve; incise.
- To cut into; form a ditch, trench, or other linear depression in: as, to trench the ground round a camp or a fort.
- In agriculture, to furrow deeply, especially with the spade; dig deeply and turn over thoroughly by means of a succession of contiguous trenches.
- In cabinet-making and the like, to work with a long continuous groove, as a rail which is to be fitted upon the heads of a series of bars or balusters.
- To cut; slash.
- Specifically, to form a trench or trenches; proceed by or as if by means of trenches.
- To encroach; infringe; obtrude as if by cutting into something: used of conduct, expression, or the like, usually with on or upon: as, to trench upon another's rights. Also intrench.
- To reach out; extend; tend.
- Synonyms Encroach upon, Infringe, etc. See trespass.
- n. A narrow excavation of considerable length cut into the earth; a deep furrow or ditch.
- n. A lane or road cut through shrubbery or woods.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cut a trench in, as for drainage
- n. a long steep-sided depression in the ocean floor
- v. cut or carve deeply into
- v. impinge or infringe upon
- v. dig a trench or trenches
- v. fortify by surrounding with trenches
- n. a ditch dug as a fortification having a parapet of the excavated earth
- v. set, plant, or bury in a trench
- n. any long ditch cut in the ground
Middle English trenche, from Old French, from trenchier, to cut, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *trincāre, variant of Latin truncāre, from truncus, trunk.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French trenchier ("cut, make a cut"). (Wiktionary)