Pronunciation: (dich),[key] —n. 1. a long, narrow excavation made in the ground by digging, as for draining or irrigating land; trench.
2. any open passage or trench, as a natural channel or waterway.
—v.t. 1. to dig a ditch or ditches in or around.
2. to derail (a train) or drive or force (an automobile, bus, etc.) into a ditch.
3. to crash-land on water and abandon (an airplane).
4. Slang. a. to get rid of: I ditched that old hat of yours. b. to escape from: He ditched the cops by driving down an alley. c. to absent oneself from (school or a class) without permission or an acceptable reason.
—v.i. 1. to dig a ditch.
2. (of an aircraft or its crew) to crash-land in water and abandon the sinking aircraft.
3. Slang.to be truant; play hooky.