from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A trough in which is placed food for animals, especially for swine.
  • noun A long, narrow trough, about 18 inches wide, 4inches deep, and 1,500 feet long, placed between the rails of a railway-track and partly filled with water.


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  • Night were warm in July with the Delta breeze keeping back at the coast and Lobo was already a horse you had to trick to eat sometimes by changing the look of the food, spreading a flake out on the floor from his feed-trough, or sometimes getting a new flake for him, especially if the oat hay was dry and yellow, and none of this Aileen knew about.

    Quarters, Pasos, Arabians

  • Yea, in the stone feed-trough of a cattle shed was Jesus born because his father had not the price of keep at the inn.

    The Coming of the King

  • Chasing a couple of cows that roamed at large, charging at a monster pile of household furnishings, barely avoiding the feed-trough, set in the center of the place, scattering men in all directions, and raising a dust like a concentrated storm, the broncho waxed more and more hot in the blood, more desperately wild to fling his rider headlong through the air.

    The Furnace of Gold

  • "There you are," said Van, and swinging the bridle reins towards the waiting man, he walked to a feed-trough and leaned against it carelessly.

    The Furnace of Gold

  • Except for the sleepy figure of the horse-picket, attempting vainly to keep his lanky person within the shadow of the feed-trough, there was no one in sight.

    The Tale of a Trooper

  • Every teamster carried at the tail-board or hind gate of his wagon a feed-trough, and among other provender some fodder or hay, and all we had to do was to strike one of these red-headed matches and as it flared up stick it in among this combustible material, and the job was done.

    With Sabre and Scalpel. The Autobiography of a Soldier and Surgeon

  • For the most part, the men with the feed-trough or the water-pail ignored her bounding and wrigglingly eager welcome as completely as though she were a part of the kennel furnishings.


  • Don't start pawin 'de groun' now, des caze yer heah me speculatin 'at yo' feed-trough.

    Moriah's Mourning and Other Half-Hour Sketches

  • a bar-room, feed-trough, and cooler between fights.

    Comic History of England


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