from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To provide with a trench, especially for the purpose of fortifying or defending.
- transitive v. To fix firmly or securely: "Today managed care plans are entrenched in the economy, enrolling 61 percent of the population” ( Peter T. Kilborn).
- intransitive v. To dig or occupy a trench.
- intransitive v. To encroach, infringe, or trespass.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To dig or excavate a trench; to trench.
- v. To surround or provide with a trench, especially for defense; to dig in.
- v. To establish a substantial position in business, politics, etc.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To surround with a trench or with intrenchments, as in fortification; to fortify with a ditch and parapet. Same as intrench.
- transitive v. to establish in a position from which dislodgement is difficult; to place firmly in a strong position.
- transitive v. To cut in; to furrow; to make trenches in or upon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See intrench, intrenchment.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. occupy a trench or secured area
- v. impinge or infringe upon
- v. fix firmly or securely
Mid-16th century. en- + trench (Wiktionary)