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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

[dich]
(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.
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A police spokesman said: "We received a report that a helicopter had ditched in the North Sea at 12.
Robert Mansell, 32, originally from Knowle, near Solihull, ditched the plane with nine passengers on board into the sea after making an emergency mayday call, his employer Divi Divi Air said.
To minimize the spread of water and make more land available for farming, the Army Corps of Engineers ditched the fen in 1968 (Bennett pers.
But Norman Evans doesn't recollect any commercial flights being ditched.