I. noun Etymology: Middle English dich, from Old English dīc dike, ditch; akin to Middle High German tīch pond, dike Date: before 12th century a long narrow excavation dug in the earth (as for drainage) II. verb Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to enclose with a ditch b. to dig a ditch in 2. to make a forced landing of (an airplane) on water 3. a. to get rid of ; discard <
ditch an old car
b. to end association with ; leave <
ditched school
his girlfriend ditched him
intransitive verb 1. to dig a ditch 2. to crash-land at sea

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Ditch — Ditch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ditched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Ditching}.] 1. To dig a ditch or ditches in; to drain by a ditch or ditches; as, to ditch moist land. [1913 Webster] 2. To surround with a ditch. Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. To throw into a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ditch — [dich] n. [ME dich < OE dic, a ditch, drain: see DIKE1] a long, narrow channel dug into the earth, as a trough for drainage or irrigation vt. 1. to border with a ditch 2. to make a ditch or ditches in 3. ☆ a) to cause (a car, wagon, et …   English World dictionary

  • ditch — O.E. dic ditch, dike, a variant of DIKE (Cf. dike) (q.v.). As a verb, late 14c., surround with a ditch; dig a ditch; meaning to throw into a ditch is from 1816, hence sense of abandon, discard, first recorded 1899 in Amer.Eng. Of aircraft, by… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Ditch — Ditch, v. i. To dig a ditch or ditches. Swift. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ditch — (?; 224), n.; pl. {Ditches}. [OE. dich, orig. the same word as dik. See {Dike}.] 1. A trench made in the earth by digging, particularly a trench for draining wet land, for guarding or fencing inclosures, or for preventing an approach to a town or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ditch — [n] gulley canal, channel, chase, cut, dike, drain, excavation, furrow, gutter, mine, moat, trench, watercourse; concepts 509,513 ditch [v] get rid of abandon, desert, discard, dispose of, drop, dump*, eighty six*, forsake, jettison, junk*, leave …   New thesaurus

  • ditch — ► NOUN ▪ a narrow channel dug to hold or carry water. ► VERB 1) provide with a ditch. 2) (with reference to an aircraft) bring or come down in a forced landing on the sea. 3) informal get rid of; give up. DERIVATIVES ditcher noun …   English terms dictionary

  • Ditch — For other uses, see Ditch (disambiguation). A well maintained ditch in the Netherlands …   Wikipedia

  • ditch — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ deep, wide ▪ shallow, small ▪ open ▪ The drainage system consisted of a few open ditches to facilitate run off …   Collocations dictionary

  • ditch — [[t]dɪ̱tʃ[/t]] ditches, ditching, ditched 1) N COUNT A ditch is a long narrow channel cut into the ground at the side of a road or field. 2) VERB If you ditch something that you have or are responsible for, you abandon it or get rid of it,… …   English dictionary

  • ditch — n. & v. n. 1 a long narrow excavated channel esp. for drainage or to mark a boundary. 2 a watercourse, stream, etc. v. 1 intr. make or repair ditches (hedging and ditching). 2 tr. provide with ditches; drain. 3 tr. sl. leave in the lurch; abandon …   Useful english dictionary

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