Trough Trough (tr[o^]f), n. [OE. trough, trogh, AS. trog, troh; akin to D., G., & Icel. trog, Sw. tr[*a]g, Dan. trug; probably originally meaning, made of wood, and akin to E. tree. [root]63 & 241. See {Tree}, and cf. {Trug}.] 1. A long, hollow vessel, generally for holding water or other liquid, especially one formed by excavating a log longitudinally on one side; a long tray; also, a wooden channel for conveying water, as to a mill wheel. [1913 Webster]

2. Any channel, receptacle, or depression, of a long and narrow shape; as, trough between two ridges, etc. [1913 Webster]

3. (Meteor.) The transverse section of a cyclonic area where the barometric pressure, neither rising nor falling, has reached its lowest point. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{Trough gutter} (Arch.), a rectangular or V-shaped gutter, usually hung below the eaves of a house.

{Trough of the sea}, the depression between two waves. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • trough — [ trɔf ] noun count 1. ) a long narrow open container used for holding food or water for animals: a cattle trough 2. ) a low area between two high waves or hills: The boat lay almost helpless in the trough of the waves. 3. ) a period when… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • trough — trough; trough·ton; …   English syllables

  • trough — O.E. trog, from P.Gmc. *trugoz (Cf. O.Fris., O.S., O.N. trog, M.Du. troch, Du. trog, O.H.G. troc, Ger. trog), perhaps ultimately from PIE *drukos, from root *dru wood, tree (see TREE (Cf. tree)). Originally pronounced in English with a hard …   Etymology dictionary

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