Pronunciation: (trench),[key] —n. 1. Fort.a long, narrow excavation in the ground, the earth from which is thrown up in front to serve as a shelter from enemy fire or attack.
2. trenches,a system of such excavations, with their embankments, etc.
3. a deep furrow, ditch, or cut.
4. Oceanog.a long, steep-sided, narrow depression in the ocean floor.
—v.t. 1. to surround or fortify with trenches; entrench.
2. to cut a trench in.
3. to set or place in a trench.
4. to form (a furrow, ditch, etc.) by cutting into or through something.
5. to make a cut in; cut into; carve.
—v.i. 1. to dig a trench.
2. trench on or upon, a. to encroach or infringe on.
b. to come close to; verge on: His remarks were trenching on poor taste.
Pronunciation: (trench),[key] —n. Richard Chen•e•vix Pronunciation: (shen'u-vē),[key] 1807–86, English clergyman and scholar, born in Ireland.