Meaning of ditch


A ditch is a long trench or pit dug into the ground. If your lawns are always soggy, build a drainage ditch for the excess water to flow into.

A ditch can be a man-made trench, usually long and narrow, dug into the earth, or a natural ditch made by flowing water. Originally used for farming, we now use ditch for any pit in the ground. Ditch can also be a verb meaning to toss something or forsake it. You can ditch a plan that’s going wrong, or a boyfriend who is misbehaving. If you make an emergency crash landing, you ditch your plane.

Definitions of ditch
  1. noun

    a long narrow excavation in the earth

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    drainage ditch

    a ditch for carrying off excess water or sewage
    irrigation ditch

    a ditch to supply dry land with water artificially
    ha-ha, haw-haw, sunk fence

    a ditch with one side being a retaining wall; used to divide lands without defacing the landscape

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

    any long ditch cut in the ground
    approach trench, communication trench

    a trench that provides protected passage between the rear and front lines of a defensive position
    fire trench

    a trench especially constructed for the delivery of small-arms fire

    a long shallow trench in the ground (especially one made by a plow)
    fosse, moat

    ditch dug as a fortification and usually filled with water
    slit trench

    narrow trench for shelter in battle
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    a hole in the ground made by excavating

  2. noun

    any small natural waterway

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    a navigable body of water

  3. verb

    cut a trench in, as for drainage

    ditch the land to drain it”


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    dig, excavate, hollow

    remove the inner part or the core of

  4. verb

    crash or crash-land

    ditch a car”
    ditch a plane”
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    cause to crash

  5. verb

    make an emergency landing on water

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    crash land

    make an emergency landing

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    ditch a lover”
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    abandon, desert, desolate, forsake

    leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch

  7. verb

    throw away



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    forsake, leave behind

  8. verb

    sever all ties with, usually unceremoniously or irresponsibly



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    get rid of, remove

    dispose of

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