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English noun: trench

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

Broader (hypernym)ditch

Narrower (hyponym)approach trench, communication trench, fire trench, fosse, moat, slit trench

Part meronymentrenchment, intrenchment

2. trench (object) a long steep-sided depression in the ocean floor

Synonymsdeep, oceanic abyss

Broader (hypernym)depression, natural depression

Instance hyponymAtacama Trench, Bougainville Trench, Japan Trench, Nares Deep

3. trench (artifact) any long ditch cut in the ground

Broader (hypernym)ditch

Narrower (hyponym)furrow

English verb: trench

1. trench (social) impinge or infringe upon

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

Synonymsencroach, entrench, impinge

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)take advantage, trespass

2. trench (contact) fortify by surrounding with trenches

SamplesHe trenched his military camp.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)fort, fortify

3. trench (contact) cut or carve deeply into

SamplesLetters trenched into the stone.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cut

4. trench (contact) set, plant, or bury in a trench

SamplesTrench the fallen soldiers.
Trench the vegetables.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)lay, place, pose, position, put, set

5. trench (contact) cut a trench in, as for drainage

SamplesDitch the land to drain it.
Trench the fields.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)dig, excavate, hollow

6. trench (contact) dig a trench or trenches

SamplesThe National Guardsmen were sent out to trench.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)dig, dig out

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