I. noun Etymology: Middle English trenche track cut through a wood, from Anglo-French, act of cutting, ditch, from trencher, trenchier to cut, probably from Vulgar Latin *trinicare to cut in three, from Latin trini three each — more at trine Date: 15th century 1. a. a long cut in the ground ; ditch; especially one used for military defense often with the excavated dirt thrown up in front b. plural a place, position, or level at which an activity is carried on in a manner likened to trench warfare — often used in the phrase in the trenches <
activists working in the trenches
2. a long, narrow, and usually steep-sided depression in the ocean floor — compare trough 3. trench coat II. verb Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. to make a cut in ; carve 2. a. to protect with or as if with a trench b. to cut a trench in ; ditch intransitive verb 1. a. entrench, encroach <
trenching on other domains which were more vital — Sir Winston Churchill
b. to come close ; verge 2. to dig a trench

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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