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 Dictionary entry overview: What does trench mean? 

TRENCH (noun)
  The noun TRENCH has 3 senses:

1. a ditch dug as a fortification having a parapet of the excavated earth
2. a long steep-sided depression in the ocean floor
3. any long ditch cut in the ground

  Familiarity information: TRENCH used as a noun is uncommon.


TRENCH (verb)
  The verb TRENCH has 6 senses:

1. impinge or infringe upon
2. fortify by surrounding with trenches
3. cut or carve deeply into
4. set, plant, or bury in a trench
5. cut a trench in, as for drainage
6. dig a trench or trenches

  Familiarity information: TRENCH used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


TRENCH (noun)


Sense 1trench [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A ditch dug as a fortification having a parapet of the excavated earth

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

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

ditch (a long narrow excavation in the earth)

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

approach trench; communication trench (a trench that provides protected passage between the rear and front lines of a defensive position)

fire trench (a trench especially constructed for the delivery of small-arms fire)

fosse; moat (ditch dug as a fortification and usually filled with water)

slit trench (narrow trench for shelter in battle)

Holonyms ("trench" is a part of...):

entrenchment; intrenchment (an entrenched fortification; a position protected by trenches)


Sense 2trench [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A long steep-sided depression in the ocean floor

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Synonyms:

oceanic abyss; deep; trench

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

depression; natural depression (a sunken or depressed geological formation)

Instance hyponyms:

Atacama Trench (a depression the floor of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Chile)

Bougainville Trench (a depression in the floor of the Pacific Ocean between New Guinea and the Solomon Islands)

Japan Trench (a depression in the floor of the Pacific Ocean northeast of Japan that reaches depths of 30,000 feet)

Nares Deep (a depression in the floor of the Atlantic Ocean north of Haiti and Puerto Rico)


Sense 3trench [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any long ditch cut in the ground

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

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

ditch (a long narrow excavation in the earth)

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

furrow (a long shallow trench in the ground (especially one made by a plow))


TRENCH (verb)


Sense 1trench [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Impinge or infringe upon

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

impinge; trench; encroach; entrench

Context examples:

This impinges on my rights as an individual / This matter entrenches on other domains

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

take advantage; trespass (make excessive use of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 2trench [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fortify by surrounding with trenches

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

He trenched his military camp

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

fort; fortify (enclose by or as if by a fortification)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3trench [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cut or carve deeply into

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

letters trenched into the stone

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

cut (separate with or as if with an instrument)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4trench [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Set, plant, or bury in a trench

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context examples:

trench the fallen soldiers / trench the vegetables

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

lay; place; pose; position; put; set (put into a certain place or abstract location)

Sentence frames:

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


Sense 5trench [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 "trench" is one way to...):

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

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 6trench [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Dig a trench or trenches

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

The National Guardsmen were sent out to trench

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

dig; dig out (create by digging)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


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