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retrenchment

[ri-trench-muh nt] /rɪˈtrɛntʃ mənt/
noun
1.
the act of retrenching; a cutting down or off, as by the reduction of expenses.
2.
Fortification. an interior work that cuts off a part of a fortification from the rest, and to which a garrison may retreat.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < French retrenchement. See retrench, -ment
Related forms
nonretrenchment, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for retrenchments

retrenchment

/rɪˈtrɛntʃmənt/
noun
1.
the act of reducing expenditure in order to improve financial stability
2.
an extra interior fortification to reinforce outer walls
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Word Origin and History for retrenchments

retrenchment

n.

"action of lopping off or pruning," c.1600, from obsolete French retrenchement "a cutting off or out," from retrencher (see retrench (v.2)). Military sense is recorded from 1580s; see retrench (v.1).

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retrenchments in Medicine

retrenchment re·trench·ment (rĭ-trěnch'mənt)
n.
The cutting away of superfluous tissue.

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