A British trench during World War I.




  • To invade, especially with regard to the rights or the exclusive authority of another; to encroach.
  • To excavate an elongated pit for protection of soldiers and or equipment, usually perpendicular to the line of sight toward the enemy.
  • To excavate an elongated and often narrow pit.
  • To have direction; to aim or tend.
  • To cut; to form or shape by cutting; to make by incision, hewing, etc.
  • To cut furrows or ditches in.
  • To dig or cultivate very deeply, usually by digging parallel contiguous trenches in succession, filling each from the next.


  • Borrowed into Middle English from Old French trenche.

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