What is trench?

  • (noun): A long steep-sided depression in the ocean floor.
    Synonyms: deep, oceanic abyss
    See also — Additional definitions below


A trench is a type of excavation or depression in the ground. Trenches are generally defined by being deeper than they are wide (as opposed to a wider gully or ditch), and by being narrow compared to their length (as opposed to a simple hole).

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Some articles on trench:

Cosby Godolphin Trench
... Cosby Godolphin Trench DL, JP (6 January 1844 – 9 December 1925), styled The Honourable from 1855, was a British soldier and magistrate ... He was the second son of Frederick Trench, 2nd Baron Ashtown and his first wife Harriet Georgiana Cosby, youngest daughter of Thomas Cosby ... Trench was educated at Eton College and then at Corpus Christi College, Oxford ...
Cultivator No. 6 - Development
... Essentially, the requirement was to cut a trench with a section of about six feet (2 m) square and for this some sort of cutter was required ... Initial designs envisaged a large circular cutter the diameter of the trench to be dug and operating in the manner of modern tunnel boring machines ... rotating perpendicular to the line of the trench for digging out the lower 2 feet 6 inches (0.76 m) ...
Suruga Trough - See Also
... Ulakhan Fault Urasoko fault Trenches and troughs Kuril Trench Mariana Trench Japan Izu-Ogasawara Trench Japan Trench Nankai Trough Sagami Trough Suruga Trough Okinawa Trough Ryukyu Trench Philippines Manila Trench ...
Trench, Telford - Canal Inclined Plane
... The Trench Inclined Plane ceased operations in 1921 having been built in 1793 ... Wanderers with a bus travelling to all Wolves away games picking up at Trench, see telfordwolves.com ...
Marianas Trench Marine National Monument - Name of Monument
... Marianas Marine National Monument, omitting the word "Trench" ... In common usage, the trench is alternatively named Marianas Trench or Mariana Trench ... The actual text of the proclamation establishing it gives it the official name Marianas Trench Marine National Monument ...

More definitions of "trench":

  • (verb): Fortify by surrounding with trenches.
    Example: "He trenched his military camp"
  • (verb): Dig a trench or trenches.
    Example: "The National Guardsmen were sent out to trench"
  • (noun): Any long ditch cut in the ground.
  • (verb): Set, plant, or bury in a trench.
    Example: "Trench the fallen soldiers"; "trench the vegetables"
  • (verb): Cut or carve deeply into.
    Example: "Letters trenched into the stone"
  • (noun): A ditch dug as a fortification having a parapet of the excavated earth.
  • (verb): Cut a trench in, as for drainage.
    Example: "Trench the fields"
    Synonyms: ditch

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