ditch


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ditch

1. a narrow channel dug in the earth, usually used for drainage, irrigation, or as a boundary marker
2. any small, natural waterway
3. Irish a bank made of earth excavated from and placed alongside a drain or stream
4. Informal either of the gutters at the side of a tenpin bowling lane

ditch

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(civil engineering)
A small artificial channel cut through earth or rock to carry water for irrigation or drainage.
A long narrow cut made in the earth to bury pipeline, cable, or similar installations.
(petroleum engineering)
On a drilling rig, a mudflow trench leading from the conductor-pipe outlet.
References in classic literature ?
Then the Lion put his strong front legs against the tree and pushed with all his might, and slowly the big tree tipped and fell with a crash across the ditch, with its top branches on the other side.
And he turned round and galloped back to the place where he had seen the Emperor, but there was no one beyond the ditch now.
I heard that metallic noise descending into the great ditch.
And in fact they had not gone twenty-five yards beyond the ditch before something in front of them, evidently trees, showed up black, and they heard a new and melancholy sound.
Five minutes had not elapsed, when a stroke upon a drum called the eight soldiers of the garrison to arms, and they showed themselves on the other side of the ditch with their muskets in hand.
Even the lads and lassies giggled and snickered over their part in the affair, narrating with gusto how Larry had jumped on my chest and slept under the bridge, how So-and-So had slept out in the sandhills that night, and what had happened to the other lad who fell in the ditch.
Water was splashing, and mud was flying, and oaths were being sworn, and blows were being struck, when some more men went down into the ditch to help the sergeant, and dragged out, separately, my convict and the other one.
But it was observed with some irritation in the village, that anybody but a "blind creatur" like Marner would have seen the man prowling about, for how came he to leave his tinder-box in the ditch close by, if he hadn't been lingering there?
Madame Aubain and the children, huddled at the end of the field, were trying to jump over the ditch.
Tiny streams were trickling between the rows from the main ditch before him and at some distance to his right he could see people at work among the plants.
A five-inch stream of sparkling water splashed into the shallow main ditch of his irrigation system and flowed away across the orchard through many laterals.
On they all went; nor stopped they once to breathe, until the leader, striking off into an angle of the field indicated by Oliver, began to search, narrowly, the ditch and hedge adjoining; which afforded time for the remainder of the party to come up; and for Oliver to communicate to Mr.