from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A cutting down or back; reduction.
- n. A curtailment of expenses.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A reduction or curtailment; often referring to a business or government agency cutting back operations or laying off workers.
- n. A defensive work constructed within a fortification to make it more defensible (by allowing defenders to retreat into and fight from it even after the enemy has taken the outer work).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act or process of retrenching.
- n. A work constructed within another, to prolong the defense of the position when the enemy has gained possession of the outer work; or to protect the defenders till they can retreat or obtain terms for a capitulation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of retrenching, lopping off, or pruning; the act of removing what is superfluous: as, retrenchment of words in a writing.
- n. The act of curtailing, reducing, or lessening; diminution; particularly, the reduction of outlay or expenses; economy.
- n. Milit.: An interior rampart or defensible line, comprising ditch and parapet, which cuts off a part of a fortress from the rest, and to which a garrison may retreat to prolong a defense, when the enemy has gained partial possession of the place.
- n. An intrenchment.
- n. Synonyms and Reduction, curtailment, abridgment.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the reduction of expenditures in order to become financially stable
- n. entrenchment consisting of an additional interior fortification to prolong the defense
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The union is protesting against what it calls the retrenchment of 30 teachers in the sprawling township.
But If American consumers are in long-term retrenchment mode, a value-added tax that discourages consumption and encourages savings will further depress the consumer-spending component of GDP.
Some retrenchment is suggested by Edward's household later sharing accommodation with Elizabeth and Mary.
Additionally, this long-term retrenchment measure illustrates that the Conservatives are beginning to think in terms of governing rather than opposing.
Yes, there must be short-term retrenchment, sacrifices by management and labor, termination of unprofitable product lines and hard choices that must be shared by all.
HARRIS: All right, as we try to get more familiar with this Greenspan lexicon, he mentioned the word retrenchment maybe 10, 15, 20 times in the span that we listened to yesterday.
However, the alliance would necessitate the short-term retrenchment of some Airlink cabin staff and cut-backs in cockpit personnel.
The cuts may not be only a temporary downsizing, but rather a long-term retrenchment of the nation's second-largest transit system.
Of course, a retrenchment is always possible ” we could still discover some previously unknown natural process producing the pattern.
Q: You've used that word - "retrenchment" - in a few recent interviews.
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