Retrenching
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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  • retrenching — re·trench || rɪ trentʃ v. save, economize; reduce, cut back, curtail; fortify with a retrenchment …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Bate — Bate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bating}.] [From abate.] 1. To lessen by retrenching, deducting, or reducing; to abate; to beat down; to lower. [1913 Webster] He must either bate the laborer s wages, or not employ or not pay… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bated — Bate Bate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bating}.] [From abate.] 1. To lessen by retrenching, deducting, or reducing; to abate; to beat down; to lower. [1913 Webster] He must either bate the laborer s wages, or not employ or not… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bating — Bate Bate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bating}.] [From abate.] 1. To lessen by retrenching, deducting, or reducing; to abate; to beat down; to lower. [1913 Webster] He must either bate the laborer s wages, or not employ or not… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Razee — Ra*zee , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Razeed} (r[.a]*z[=e]d ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Razeeing}.] To cut down to a less number of decks, and thus to an inferior rate or class, as a ship; hence, to prune or abridge by cutting off or retrenching parts; as, to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Razeed — Razee Ra*zee , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Razeed} (r[.a]*z[=e]d ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Razeeing}.] To cut down to a less number of decks, and thus to an inferior rate or class, as a ship; hence, to prune or abridge by cutting off or retrenching parts; as …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Razeeing — Razee Ra*zee , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Razeed} (r[.a]*z[=e]d ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Razeeing}.] To cut down to a less number of decks, and thus to an inferior rate or class, as a ship; hence, to prune or abridge by cutting off or retrenching parts; as …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Retrenchment — Re*trench ment, n. [Cf. F. retrenchment.] 1. The act or process of retrenching; as, the retrenchment of words in a writing. [1913 Webster] The retrenchment of my expenses will convince you that ? mean to replace your fortune as far as I can.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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