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  1. [noun] a ditch dug as a fortification having a parapet of the excavated earth

  2. [noun] a long steep-sided depression in the ocean floor
    Synonyms: deep, oceanic abyss

  3. [noun] any long ditch cut in the ground

  4. [verb] impinge or infringe upon; "This impinges on my rights as an individual"; "This matter entrenches on other domains"
    Synonyms: impinge, encroach, en

  5. [verb] fortify by surrounding with trenches; "He trenched his military camp"

  6. [verb] cut or carve deeply into; "letters trenched into the stone"

  7. [verb] set, plant, or bury in a trench; "trench the fallen soldiers"; "trench the vegetables"

  8. [verb] cut a trench in, as for drainage; "ditch the land to drain it"; "trench the fields"
    Synonyms: ditch

  9. [verb] dig a trench or trenches; "The National Guardsmen were sent out to trench"


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