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kisahawklin ([personal profile] kisahawklin) wrote in [community profile] 15_minute_ficlets2013-02-17 03:04 pm

Prompt #158

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Today's word is: trench

trench [trench]

1. Fortification . 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. Oceanography . a long, steep-sided, narrow depression in the ocean floor.

verb (used with object)
5. to surround or fortify with trenches; entrench.
6. to cut a trench in.
7. to set or place in a trench.
8. to form (a furrow, ditch, etc.) by cutting into or through something.
9. to make a cut in; cut into; carve.

verb (used without object)
10. to dig a trench.

Verb phrases
11.trench on upon,
a. to encroach or infringe on.
b. to come close to; verge on: His remarks were trenching on poor taste.

Origin: 1350–1400; Middle English trenche path made by cutting < Old French: act of cutting, a cut, derivative of trenchier to cut < Vulgar Latin *trincāre , for Latin truncāre to lop; see truncate

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