Retrenched
Retrench Re*trench", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Retrenched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Retrenching}.] [OF. retrenchier, F. retrancher; pref. re- re- + OF. trenchier, F. trancher, to cut. See {Trench}.] 1. To cut off; to pare away. [1913 Webster]

Thy exuberant parts retrench. --Denham. [1913 Webster]

2. To lessen; to abridge; to curtail; as, to retrench superfluities or expenses. [1913 Webster]

But this thy glory shall be soon retrenched. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. To confine; to limit; to restrict. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

These figures, ought they then to receive a retrenched interpretation? --I. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

4. (Fort.) To furnish with a retrenchment; as, to retrench bastions. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To lesen; diminish; curtail; abridge. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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