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[trench] /trɛntʃ/
Richard Chenevix
[shen-uh-vee] /ˈʃɛn ə vi/ (Show IPA),
1807–86, English clergyman and scholar, born in Ireland. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • richard trench, John's dear friend and companion, is just returned from Spain, and came here this morning to see us.

    Records of a Girlhood Frances Ann Kemble
British Dictionary definitions for richard trench


a deep ditch or furrow
a ditch dug as a fortification, having a parapet of the excavated earth
to make a trench in (a place)
(transitive) to fortify with a trench or trenches
to slash or be slashed
(intransitive; foll by on or upon) to encroach or verge
See also trenches
Word Origin
C14: from Old French trenche something cut, from trenchier to cut, from Latin truncāre to cut off
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Word Origin and History for richard trench



late 14c., "track cut through a wood," later "long, narrow ditch" (late 15c.), from Old French trenche "a slice, ditch" (late 13c.), from trenchier "to cut," possibly from Vulgar Latin *trincare, from Latin truncare "to cut or lop off" (see truncate). Trenches for military protection are first so called c.1500. Trench warfare first attested 1918. Trench-coat first recorded 1916, a type of coat worn by British officers in the trenches.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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richard trench in Science
A long, steep-sided valley on the ocean floor. Trenches form when one tectonic plate slides beneath another plate at a subduction zone. The Marianas Trench, located in the western Pacific east of the Philippines, is the deepest known trench (10,924 m or 35,831 ft) and the deepest area in the ocean.
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