T t


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    • [trench]
    • /trɛntʃ/
    • /trentʃ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [trench]
    • /trɛntʃ/

Definitions of trench word

  • noun trench Richard Chenevix [shen-uh-vee] /ˈʃɛn ə vi/ (Show IPA), 1807–86, English clergyman and scholar, born in Ireland. 1
  • verb with object trench to surround or fortify with trenches; entrench. 1
  • verb with object trench to cut a trench in. 1
  • verb with object trench to set or place in a trench. 1
  • verb with object trench to form (a furrow, ditch, etc.) by cutting into or through something. 1
  • verb with object trench to make a cut in; cut into; carve. 1

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Origin of trench

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English trenche path made by cutting < Old French: act of cutting, a cut, derivative of trenchier to cut < Vulgar Latin *trincāre, for Latin truncāre to lop; see truncate

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trench popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 94% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for trench

noun trench

  • anorak — An anorak is a warm waterproof jacket, usually with a hood.
  • barrier — A barrier is something such as a rule, law, or policy that makes it difficult or impossible for something to happen or be achieved.
  • bastille — a fortress in Paris, built in the 14th century: a prison until its destruction in 1789, at the beginning of the French Revolution
  • blank wall — an impassable barricade or obstacle; a situation in which further progress is impossible: Attempts to get information by questioning the neighbors ran into a blank wall.
  • canal — A canal is a long, narrow stretch of water that has been made for boats to travel along or to bring water to a particular area.

verb trench

  • break ground — to do something that has not been done before
  • corrugate — to fold or be folded into alternate furrows and ridges
  • dished — concave: a dished face.
  • dishing — an open, relatively shallow container of pottery, glass, metal, wood, etc., used for various purposes, especially for holding or serving food.
  • fringing — a decorative border of thread, cord, or the like, usually hanging loosely from a raveled edge or separate strip.

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