American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A long narrow trench or furrow dug in the ground, as for irrigation, drainage, or a boundary line.
- v. To dig or make a long narrow trench or furrow in.
- v. To surround with a long narrow trench or furrow.
- v. To drive (a vehicle) into a long narrow trench, as one beside a road.
- v. To derail (a train).
- v. Slang To get rid of; discard: ditched the old yard furniture.
- v. Slang To get away from (a person, especially a companion).
- v. Slang To discontinue use of or association with: ditch the job at the hamburger stand.
- v. Slang To skip (class or school).
- v. To crash-land (an aircraft) on water.
- v. To dig a ditch.
- v. To crash-land in water. Used of an aircraft or a pilot.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A trench made by digging; particularly, a trench for draining wet land, or for making a barrier to guard inclosures, or for preventing an enemy from approaching a town or a fortress. In the latter sense it is also called a foss or moat, and is dug round the rampart or wall between the scarp and the counterscarp. See cut under
- n. Any narrow open passage for water on the surface of the ground.
- To dig or make a ditch or ditches: as, ditching and delving; hedging and ditching.
- To dig a ditch or ditches in; drain by a ditch: as, to ditch moist land.
- To surround with a ditch.
- To throw or run into or as if into a ditch: as, to ditch a railway-train.
- v. Alternative form of deech.
- n. Alternative form of deech.
- n. A trench; a long, shallow indentation, as for irrigation or drainage.
- v. transitive To discard or abandon.
- v. intransitive To deliberately crash-land an airplane on the sea.
- v. intransitive To deliberately not attend classes; to play hookey.
- v. intransitive To dig ditches.
- v. transitive To dig ditches around.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A trench made in the earth by digging, particularly a trench for draining wet land, for guarding or fencing inclosures, or for preventing an approach to a town or fortress. In the latter sense, it is called also a
moator a fosse.
- n. Any long, narrow receptacle for water on the surface of the earth.
- v. To dig a ditch or ditches in; to drain by a ditch or ditches.
- v. To surround with a ditch.
- v. To throw into a ditch.
- v. To dig a ditch or ditches.
- n. any small natural waterway
- v. cut a trench in, as for drainage
- v. forsake.
- v. sever all ties with, usually unceremoniously or irresponsibly
- v. make an emergency landing on water
- n. a long narrow excavation in the earth
- v. crash or crash-land
- v. throw away
- Middle English dich, from Old English dīċ ‘trench, moat’, from Proto-Germanic *dīkaz (cf. West Frisian dyk ‘dam’, Dutch dijk ‘id.’, German Teich ‘pond’), from Proto-Indo-European *dheigʷ ‘to stick, set up’ (cf. Latin fīgō ‘to affix, fasten’, Lithuanian diegti ‘to prick; plant’, dýgsti ‘to geminate, grow’). Doublet of dike. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English dich, from Old English dīc; see dhīgw- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Your ditch is ahead of you come November and I can't wait until you fall in.”
“On the west side of the ditch is a mixture of mobile homes and permanent structures.”
“Now a ditch is a ditch, assumably muddy, and usually traversing uninteresting and monotonous landscapes.”
“In other cases a sunk wall, forming a kind of ditch, is used, which is concealed by plantations; or iron hurdles are stuck in, and the line is varied occasionally.”
“The ditch is out of the question; in fact it's out of sight, long gone in a cactus clad ravine.”
“These words coming from a senior leader that drove a bus into a ditch is now wanting to give commentary on driving a bus.”
“He wiped his glasses the better to behold his beloved water, then seized a hoe and strode down the main ditch to open more laterals.”
“A five-inch stream of sparkling water splashed into the shallow main ditch of his irrigation system and flowed away across the orchard through many laterals.”
“Imagine having to decide if that car that has been driven into that ditch is worthy enough to be pulled out of that ditch and then repaired.”
“All week the snow ploughs have been trawling our rural roads keeping them free of ice and snow, for safety reasons round here the ploughs are always doubled manned (two staff stuck in a ditch is safer than one?.)”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘ditch’.
The path of least resistance, watercourses, plumbing....
A list of words that are odd or words that I have looked up.
An eclectic list of words pertaining to and describing water.
"...I am the faithful husband of the rain,
I love the water of wells and springs
and the taste of roofs in the...
just the next words that come along
Words from 2009 'Inglourious Basterds' film.
A list of new English words that I've come across.
Lyrics from the Captain Beefheart album
Looking for tweets for ditch.