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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.


Synonymsditch


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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