Trench

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Trench Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

Definitions from Wordnet 2.0


  • a ditch dug as a fortification having a parapet of the excavated earth
  • any long ditch cut in the ground
  • a long steep-sided depression in the ocean floor
  • dig a trench or trenches; "The National Guardsmen were sent out to trench"
  • cut a trench in, as for drainage; "ditch the land to drain it"; "trench the fields"
  • set, plant, or bury in a trench; "trench the fallen soldiers"; "trench the vegetables"
  • cut or carve deeply into; "letters trenched into the stone"
  • fortify by surrounding with trenches; "He trenched his military camp"
  • impinge or infringe upon; "This impinges on my rights as an individual"; "This matter entrenches on other domains"

Definitions from Wiktionary


  • a ditch dug as a fortification having a parapet of the excavated earth ,
  • a long steep-sided depression in the ocean floor ,
  • any long ditch cut in the ground

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Trench Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


A trench is a long, narrow ditch. It is like a tiny valley. Trench warfare was used in World War I. It was supposed to be a short term barrier so that soldiers would be safe from enemy fire when they could no longer advance. However they ended up as a long term shelter throughout the war as they were easy to defend and neither side could successfully commandeer their oppositions trenches. The trench coat got its name from there.

Trenches were built as a temporary shield. When armies had more time to prepare, the built more permanent fortifications such as castles.

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