from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • v. Variant of entrench.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To invade; to encroach; to infringe or trespass; to enter on, and take possession of, that which belongs to another; usually followed by on or upon.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To invade; to encroach; to infringe or trespass; to enter on, and take possession of, that which belongs to another; -- usually followed by on or upon.
  • transitive v. To cut in; to furrow; to make trenches in or upon.
  • transitive v. To surround with a trench or with intrenchments, as in fortification; to fortify with a ditch and parapet.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make a trench or furrow in; furrow; cut.
  • To surround as with a trench or ditch.
  • To fortify with a trench or ditch and parapet; strengthen or protect by walls of defense: as, to intrench a camp or an army.
  • Hence To fortify or defend by any protecting agency; surround with or guard by anything that affords additional security against attack.
  • To invade; encroach: with on or upon.
  • Synonyms Encroach upon, Infringe upon, etc. See trespass, v.i.
  • To incise; cut down or deepen the valley of (a stream).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. fix firmly or securely


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  • When taxes go so far as to intrench on the Subsistence of the People, they become burdensome and oppressive.

    Robert Morris

  • Bragg's intrenchments in front of Stone River were very strong, and there seems no reason why he should not have used his plain advantage as explained, but instead he allowed us to gain time, intrench, and recover a confidence that at first was badly shaken.

    She Makes Her Mouth Small & Round & Other Stories

  • I retired this night not knowing but that I would have to intrench my position, and bring up tents for the men or build huts under the cover of the hills.

    Rambles at » Blog Archive » Ulysses S. Grant invents American prose

  • Here, therefore, is great danger, lest one of these jurisdictions intrench upon the other, and discord arise between the keeper of the public peace and the overseers of souls.

    A Letter Concerning Toleration

  • Shortly afterward General Wheeler sent us orders to intrench.

    The Rough Riders

  • He had no better implement with which to intrench himself in the land than a clam - shell.


  • Where these duties of observing sacrifices do sensibly intrench upon duties of mercy, God doth not require it; which hath a great regard even unto our outward occasions.

    Sacramental Discourses

  • Take care that the time designed and allotted does neither too much intrench upon the occasions of the outward man, nor upon the weakness of the inward man.

    Sacramental Discourses

  • As Jacob told Esau, if the cattle were driven beyond their pace they would die; so we find by experience, that though with strong resolutions we may engage unto duties in such a manner as may intrench upon these outward occasions or those weaknesses, they will return, and be too hard for us, and instead of getting ground, they will drive us off from ours: so that there is prudence to be required therein.

    Sacramental Discourses

  • The many ways whereby these things intrench upon the spirits of men, to bias them from the paths of the Lord, I shall not insist upon; it is enough that I have touched upon the obvious causes of deviation, and manifested them to be treacheries against the God of all authority.

    The Sermons of John Owen


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