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[en-trench-muh nt] /ɛnˈtrɛntʃ mənt/
the act of entrenching.
an entrenched position.
Usually, entrenchments. an earth breastwork or ditch for protection against enemy fire.
Origin of entrenchment
1580-90; entrench + -ment
Related forms
reentrenchment, noun Unabridged
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  • The most dangerous post in the entrenchment was the Cawnpore Battery.

    The Red Year Louis Tracy
  • Albinik and Meroë were first taken to one of the gates of the entrenchment.

    The Brass Bell Eugne Sue
  • The same year witnessed the entrenchment of a garrison and the establishment of a Mission.

  • Bob Power stood up outside his entrenchment and peered at her.

    The Red Hand of Ulster George A. Birmingham
  • The hour was now eleven, and the Countess thought it full time to retire to her entrenchment in Mrs. Bonner's chamber.

    Evan Harrington, Complete George Meredith
  • The latter built an entrenchment at their end of the bridge.

    Rodney, the Ranger John V. Lane
  • After the fourth assault, not one of the defenders of the first entrenchment had remained unwounded.

    The Story of Chartres Cecil Headlam
  • As in the entrenchment stage this was gone about methodically.

  • Those of you who don't wish to go into town may as well stay and go over the ground in survey of a line of entrenchment.

    The Great Gold Rush W. H. P. (William Henry Pope) Jarvis
  • Two warhorses were brought for them, and they issued forth from their entrenchment.

British Dictionary definitions for entrenchment


the act of entrenching or state of being entrenched
a position protected by trenches
one of a series of deep trenches constructed as a shelter from gunfire
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Word Origin and History for entrenchment

1580s, from entrench + -ment.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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