Trench

Trench

, n. [OE. trenche, F. tranche. See Trench, v. t.] 1. A long, narrow cut in the earth; a ditch; as, a trench for draining land. Mortimer.
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2. An alley; a narrow path or walk cut through woods, shrubbery, or the like. [Obs.]
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In a trench, forth in the park, goeth she.
Chaucer.
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3. (Fort.) 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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To open the trenches (Mil.), to begin to dig or to form the lines of approach. -- Trench cavalier (Fort.), an elevation constructed (by a besieger) of gabions, fascines, earth, and the like, about half way up the glacis, in order to discover and enfilade the covered way. -- Trench plow, or Trench plough, a kind of plow for opening land to a greater depth than that of common furrows.
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