from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A cutting down or back; reduction.
  • noun A curtailment of expenses.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of retrenching, lopping off, or pruning; the act of removing what is superfluous: as, retrenchment of words in a writing.
  • noun The act of curtailing, reducing, or lessening; diminution; particularly, the reduction of outlay or expenses; economy.
  • noun 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.
  • noun An intrenchment.
  • noun Synonyms and Reduction, curtailment, abridgment.

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

  • noun The act or process of retrenching.
  • noun (Fort.) 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A reduction or curtailment; often referring to a business or government agency cutting back operations or laying off workers.
  • noun military, dated 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the reduction of expenditures in order to become financially stable
  • noun entrenchment consisting of an additional interior fortification to prolong the defense


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