A valley, especially a long, narrow, steep valley, cut in rock by a river.
- Snow filled her mouth. She caromed off things she never saw, tumbling through a cluttered canyon like a steel marble falling through pins in a pachinko machine.
* dale, dalles, gulch, ravine, vale, valley
* See also
* box canyon
* concrete canyon
* Copper Canyon
* Grand Canyon
A long, narrow ditch or hole dug in the ground.
(military) A narrow excavation as used in warfare, as a cover for besieging or emplaced forces.
(archaeology) A pit, usually rectangular with smooth walls and floor, excavated during an archaeological investigation.
(informal) A trench coat.
* 1999 , April 24, Xiphias Gladius , "Re: trenchcoat mafia", ne.general.selected , Usenet:
* 2007 , (Nina Garcia), The Little Black Book of Style'', HarperCollins, as excerpted in , October, page 138:
- I was the first person in my high school to wear a trench' and fedora constantly, and Ben was one of the first to wear a black ' trench .
- A classic trench can work in any kind of weather and goes well with almost anything.
* in the trenches
* trench boot
* trench coat
* trench knife
* trench mortar
* trench mouth
* trench warfare
(usually, followed by upon) To invade, especially with regard to the rights or the exclusive authority of another; to encroach.
* 1640 , (Ben Jonson), Underwoods , page 68:
* I. Taylor
- Shee is the Judge, Thou Executioner, Or if thou needs would'st trench upon her power, Thou mightst have yet enjoy'd thy crueltie, With some more thrift, and more varietie.
* 1949 , (Charles Austin Beard), American Government and Politics , page 16:
- Does it not seem as if for a creature to challenge to itself a boundless attribute, were to trench upon the prerogative of the divine nature?
* 2005 , Carl von Clausewitz, J. J. Graham, On War , page 261:
- He could make what laws he pleased, as long as those laws did not trench upon property rights.
(military, infantry) To excavate an elongated pit for protection of soldiers and or equipment, usually perpendicular to the line of sight toward the enemy.
- [O]ur ideas, therefore, must trench upon the province of tactics.
- No more shall trenching war channel her fields.
(archaeology) To excavate an elongated and often narrow pit.
To have direction; to aim or tend.
- (Alexander Pope)
To cut; to form or shape by cutting; to make by incision, hewing, etc.
- (Francis Bacon)
- The wide wound that the boar had trenched / In his soft flank.
To cut furrows or ditches in.
- This weak impress of love is as a figure / Trenched in ice, which with an hour's heat / Dissolves to water, and doth lose its form.
To dig or cultivate very deeply, usually by digging parallel contiguous trenches in succession, filling each from the next.
- to trench land for the purpose of draining it
- to trench a garden for certain crops