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Answer for the clue "Defensive excavation", 6 letters:

Alternative clues for the word trench

Soldier's line of defense

You can dig it


Soldiers' ditch

Mariana ___ (world's deepest ocean point)

Detective's coat, informally

Depression shared by soldiers

A long steep-sided depression in the ocean floor

Any long ditch cut in the ground

A ditch dug as a fortification having a parapet of the excavated earth


Western Front feature

French ___: abri?


A.E.F. excavation


Word definitions for trench in dictionaries

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Word definitions in Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
noun COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES a trench coat (= a long raincoat with a belt ) ▪ a military-style trench coat dig a hole/trench/grave etc ▪ They dig a small hole in the sand to bury their eggs. trench coat trench warfare (= fighting from long holes...

The Collaborative International Dictionary Word definitions in The Collaborative International Dictionary
Trench \Trench\, v. i. To encroach; to intrench. 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? --I. Taylor. To have direction; to aim or tend. [R.] --Bacon....

Wiktionary Word definitions in Wiktionary
n. 1 A long, narrow ditch or hole dug in the ground. 2 (context military English) A narrow excavation as used in warfare, as a cover for besieging or emplaced forces. 3 (context archaeology English) A pit, usually rectangular with smooth walls and floor,...

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary Word definitions in Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
late 14c., "track cut through a wood," later "long, narrow ditch" (late 15c.), from Old French trenche "a slice, cut, gash, slash; defensive ditch" (13c., Modern French tranche ), from trenchier "to cut, carve, slice," possibly from Vulgar Latin *trincare...

WordNet Word definitions in WordNet
n. a ditch dug as a fortification having a parapet of the excavated earth a long steep-sided depression in the ocean floor [syn: deep , oceanic abyss ] any long ditch cut in the ground v. impinge or infringe upon; "This impinges on my rights as an individual";...

Wikipedia Word definitions in Wikipedia
A trench is a type of excavation or depression in the ground that is generally deeper than it is wide (as opposed to a wider gully , or ditch ), and narrow compared to its length (as opposed to a simple hole). In geology , trenches are created as a result...

Usage examples of trench.

His feet dangled over the debris trench which circled the perimeter of the table, and which the suit assured him was reeking in the manner approved by Affronter gourmets.

All excreta behind the front line and reserve trenches is destroyed in numerous incinerators, which are kept burning night and day.

Herzer set one maniple of third decuri to work on the tree while the rest dug a shallow trench along the edge of the plateau.

The arrival of a minnenwerfer, however, gave her a great fright and made her jump back into the trench with alacrity, much to the amusement of the men, who said that she knew the use of trenches.

At the moment, Sam was seated in a balloon-tired mooncar, watching as a crew sprayed liquid plastic over the walls and floor of a trench, stabilizing it against movement even under the occasional prod of a moonquake, sealing it against any possibility of leaking air.

Every morning of the summer I have passed boys between eighteen and twenty-five, clad in fresh khaki, as they go riding down the poplar lane from La Panne to the trenches, the first twenty with bright silver bugles, their cheeks puffed and red with the blowing.

Already the parados was lined with newly-made firing positions, that gave the sentry view of the German trench some forty or fifty yards in front.

And when at last they reached the trench, those farthest on the left of the advancing Britishers heard a machine gun sputter suddenly before them and saw a huge lion leap over the German parados with the body of a screaming Hun soldier between his jaws and vanish into the shadows of the night, while squatting upon a traverse to their left was Tarzan of the Apes with a machine gun before him with which he was raking the length of the German trenches.

High explosive and steel and brass had had their way with the landscape, blowing big holes in the trenches, knocking down stretches of parapet and parados, and incidentally knocking a couple of vital machine-gun positions topsy-turvy.

Machines on the surface dug what looked to Jory like simple trenches, and unwound spools of the equivalent of barbed wire, long strands of polyphase matter, each displaying a quasi intelligence on the level of that of an ant or bee, programmed to entrap or at least delay berserker landing machines when they appeared.

The staple material, porphyritic trap, shows scatters of quartz and huge veins, mostly trending north-south: large trenches made, according to the guides, by the ancients, and small cairns or stone piles, modern work, were also pointed out to us.

Floating downwards towards the newly-dug trench and the bed of gravel on which it was to rest was the ponderous and massive form of a preformed tunnel section.

A liberal intellectual working in the trenches of quotidian law enforcement.

The once revered warrior has become revered once again, at least among the thinning ranks of Achaeans, appearing on his four-horsed chariot wherever the Greek lines appeared ready to give way, urging trench engineers to replace stakes and redig collapsed areas, improving the internal trenches with sand berms and firing slits, sending men and boys out as scouts at night to steal water from the Trojans, and always calling for the men to have heart.

The years in the trenches had emancipated Daniel from the narrow fanaticism of his family, without impairing his patriotism, and Rosine in exchange had gently admitted that her father had been mistaken.