- to cut, cut into, cut off, etc.; slice, gash, etc.
- to cut a deep furrow or furrows in
- to dig a ditch or ditches in
- to surround or fortify with trenches; entrench
Origin of trenchLate Middle English trenchen from Old French trenchier (Fr trancher), to cut, hack, probably from Classical Latin truncare, to cut off: see truncate
- to dig a ditch or ditches, as for fortification
- to infringe (on or upon another's land, rights, time, etc.)
- to verge or border (on); come close
- a deep furrow in the ground, ocean floor, etc.
- a long, narrow ditch dug by soldiers for cover and concealment, with the removed earth heaped up in front
Origin of trenchME < OFr trenche (Fr tranche, a slice) < trencher
- a system of trenches dug as fortifications, as in WWI
- a situation characterized by the heavy or physical work of any struggle or enterprise