from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of intrenching.
  • noun In fortification, a general term for a work consisting of a trench or ditch and a parapet (the latter formed of the earth dug from the ditch), constructed for a defense against an enemy. See cut under parapet.
  • noun Figuratively, any defense or protection.
  • noun Encroachment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of intrenching or the state of being intrenched.
  • noun (Mil.) Any defensive work consisting of at least a trench or ditch and a parapet made from the earth thrown up in making such a ditch.
  • noun Any defense or protection.
  • noun An encroachment or infringement.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Archaic spelling of entrenchment.

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

  • noun an entrenched fortification; a position protected by trenches


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  • The intrenchment was a formidable one, being provided with parapets armed with chevaux de frise, and flanked by strong exterior works, while several batteries had been placed to sweep the ground across which an enemy must advance.

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  • In front of the stockade, but some considerable distance from it, and on the sloping land that was nigh to the beach, we had thrown up a kind of intrenchment, behind which we could kneel and fire, and under whose cover we hoped to be able to make a good account of assailants.


  • The parapet of the intrenchment was too high for my horse to jump, so, riding a short distance to the left, I entered through a low place in the line.

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  • In short, this was the safest, politest, and, at the same time, the most thorough house of accommodation in town: every thing being conducted so that decency made no intrenchment upon the most libertine pleasures, in the practice of which too, the choice familiars of the house had found the secret so rare and difficult, of reconciling even all the refinements of taste and delicacy with the most gross and determinate gratifications of senuality.

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  • Once, in action, he was leading a detachment of infantry through an intrenchment.

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