Definition of "ditch" []

  • A long narrow trench or furrow dug in the ground, as for irrigation, drainage, or a boundary line. (noun)
  • To dig or make a long narrow trench or furrow in. (verb-transitive)
  • To surround with a long narrow trench or furrow. (verb-transitive)
  • To drive (a vehicle) into a long narrow trench, as one beside a road. (verb-transitive)
  • To derail (a train). (verb-transitive)
  • A narrow channel dug in the earth, usually used for drainage, irrigation, or as a boundary marker (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Any small, natural waterway (noun)
  • A bank made of earth excavated from and placed alongside a drain or stream (noun)
  • Either of the gutters at the side of a tenpin bowling lane (noun)
  • To make a ditch or ditches in (a piece of ground) (verb)
  • To edge (something) with a ditch (verb)
  • To crash or be crashed, esp deliberately, as to avoid more unpleasant circumstances (verb)
  • To abandon or discard (verb)
  • To land (an aircraft) on water in an emergency (verb)
  • To evade (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "ditch" in a sentence
  • "Your ditch is ahead of you come November and I can't wait until you fall in."
  • "On the west side of the ditch is a mixture of mobile homes and permanent structures."
  • "Now a ditch is a ditch, assumably muddy, and usually traversing uninteresting and monotonous landscapes."