(noun, verb)


1. a ditch dug as a fortification having a parapet of the excavated earth

Definition categories: man–made, ditch

2. a long steep-sided depression in the ocean floor

Similar word(s): deep

Definition categories: object, depression

3. any long ditch cut in the ground

Definition categories: man–made, ditch


1. impinge or infringe upon

- This matter entrenches on other domains

Similar word(s): encroach, entrench, impinge

Definition categories: social, trespass

2. fortify by surrounding with trenches

- He trenched his military camp

Definition categories: contact, fort, fortify

3. cut or carve deeply into

- letters trenched into the stone

Definition categories: contact, cut

4. set, plant, or bury in a trench

- trench the fallen soldiers

- trench the vegetables

Definition categories: contact, lay, place, pose, position, put, set

5. cut a trench in, as for drainage

- trench the fields

Similar word(s): ditch

Definition categories: contact, dig, excavate, hollow

6. dig a trench or trenches

- The National Guardsmen were sent out to trench

Definition categories: contact, dig

Sentences with trench as a verb:

- to trench land for the purpose of draining it

- to trench a garden for certain crops