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 ?
I heard that metallic noise descending into the great ditch.
Kaa had only just worked his way over the west wall, landing with a wrench that dislodged a coping stone into the ditch.
My son,' answered the old woman, 'I am a very poor woman, and soon after midnight I set out for the neighbouring town in order to sell my eggs in the market on the following morning; but I lost my way in the dark, and fell into this deep ditch, where I might have remained for ever but for your kindness.
Then, throwing the end of his cigar into the ditch, he cried out vehemently: "I swear by Saint Hubert that never again will I trust myself in unknown territory with a statesman, though he be, like you, my dear d'Albon, a college mate.
But we could throw them into the ditch," said Porthos, "after having assured ourselves they have nothing in their pockets.
Madame Aubain and the children, huddled at the end of the field, were trying to jump over the ditch.
If we wish to fight, the enemy can be forced to an engagement even though he be sheltered behind a high rampart and a deep ditch.
Well, my lord, I sew up the paper in the ball and you, in your game of tennis, will send the ball into the ditch.
He's down in the ditch there," said Sylvie, "amusing a young Frog.
They had hardly been walking an hour when they saw before them a great ditch that crossed the road and divided the forest as far as they could see on either side.
In the centre of the great circus ring thus formed, was a torn and ragged upheaval a hundred feet high, all snowed over with a sulphur crust of many and many a brilliant and beautiful color, and the ditch inclosed this like the moat of a castle, or surrounded it as a little river does a little island, if the simile is better.
Give me rainy weather and a ditch, and I am quite happy.