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(v. t.) To fortify by cutting a ditch, and raising a rampart or breastwork with the earth thrown out of the ditch; to intrench.
(v. t.) An alley; a narrow path or walk cut through woods, shrubbery, or the like.
(v. t.) To cut; to form or shape by cutting; to make by incision, hewing, or the like.
(v. t.) A long, narrow cut in the earth; a ditch; as, a trench for draining land.
(v. t.) To cut furrows or ditches in; as, to trench land for the purpose of draining it.
(v. i.) To have direction; to aim or tend.
(v. i.) To encroach; to intrench.
(v. t.) To dig or cultivate very deeply, usually by digging parallel contiguous trenches in succession, filling each from the next; as, to trench a garden for certain crops.
(v. t.) An excavation made during a siege, for the purpose of covering the troops as they advance toward the besieged place. The term includes the parallels and the approaches.
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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Trench'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/web/t/trench.html. 1828.