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DITCH

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does ditch mean? 

DITCH (noun)
  The noun DITCH has 2 senses:

1. a long narrow excavation in the earth
2. any small natural waterway

  Familiarity information: DITCH used as a noun is rare.


DITCH (verb)
  The verb DITCH has 6 senses:

1. forsake
2. throw away
3. sever all ties with, usually unceremoniously or irresponsibly
4. make an emergency landing on water
5. crash or crash-land
6. cut a trench in, as for drainage

  Familiarity information: DITCH used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


DITCH (noun)


Sense 1ditch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A long narrow excavation in the earth

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("ditch" is a kind of...):

excavation (a hole in the ground made by excavating)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "ditch"):

drainage ditch (a ditch for carrying off excess water or sewage)

irrigation ditch (a ditch to supply dry land with water artificially)

ha-ha; haw-haw; sunk fence (a ditch with one side being a retaining wall; used to divide lands without defacing the landscape)

trench (a ditch dug as a fortification having a parapet of the excavated earth)

trench (any long ditch cut in the ground)


Sense 2ditch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any small natural waterway

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Hypernyms ("ditch" is a kind of...):

waterway (a navigable body of water)


DITCH (verb)


Sense 1ditch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Forsake

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Context example:

ditch a lover

Hypernyms (to "ditch" is one way to...):

abandon; desert; desolate; forsake (leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 2ditch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Throw away

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

chuck; ditch

Context example:

Chuck these old notes

Hypernyms (to "ditch" is one way to...):

abandon (forsake, leave behind)

Domain usage:

argot; cant; jargon; lingo; patois; slang; vernacular (a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves))

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3ditch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Sever all ties with, usually unceremoniously or irresponsibly

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

dump; ditch

Context examples:

The company dumped him after many years of service / She dumped her boyfriend when she fell in love with a rich man

Hypernyms (to "ditch" is one way to...):

get rid of; remove (dispose of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 4ditch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make an emergency landing on water

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Hypernyms (to "ditch" is one way to...):

crash land (make an emergency landing)

Domain category:

air; air travel; aviation (travel via aircraft)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 5ditch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Crash or crash-land

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context examples:

ditch a car / ditch a plane

Hypernyms (to "ditch" is one way to...):

crash (cause to crash)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 6ditch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cut a trench in, as for drainage

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

trench; ditch

Context examples:

ditch the land to drain it / trench the fields

Hypernyms (to "ditch" is one way to...):

dig; excavate; hollow (remove the inner part or the core of)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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