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The Definition of - ditch (verb)

    a long, narrow excavation made in the ground by digging, as for draining or irrigating land; trench.
    any open passage or trench, as a natural channel or waterway.
    verb (used with object)
    to dig a ditch or ditches in or around.
    to derail (a train) or drive or force (an automobile, bus, etc.) into a ditch.
    to crash-land on water and abandon (an airplane).
    1. to get rid of:
      I ditched that old hat of yours.
    2. to escape from:
      He ditched the cops by driving down an alley.
    3. to absent oneself from (school or a class) without permission or an acceptable reason.
    verb (used without object)
    to dig a ditch.
    (of an aircraft or its crew) to crash-land in water and abandon the sinking aircraft.
    Slang. to be truant; play hooky.

Word Example of - ditch

    Example Sentences for ditch

    There is a ditch close around it on the inside, seven feet deep by thirty-five feet wide.

    In less than three minutes they had reached the ditch in the rear of the fort.

    The automobile reached the crest of the hill, skidded and started toward the ditch.

    They took his scalp, threw the body into a ditch, covering it with a few leaves, and fled.

    Already he had leapt across the ditch, and was rapidly striding across the reeds towards the cliff.

    "This ditch is too wide to jump across," remarked Button-Bright.

    He did not attempt to enlighten the man as to the reason why there were two "in the ditch" instead of one.

    Amidst the vegetation of the ditch there are long reeds with leaves that cut you.

    I aimed to take you up and show you the place we picked to make the ditch head, but I judge we best go home.

    He might have passed the obstructing car by driving with one wheel in the ditch.

Word Origin & History of - ditch

    Word Origin & History

    ditch O.E. dic "ditch, dike," a variant of dike (q.v.). Verbal sense of "abandon, discard" is first recorded in Amer.Eng. 1899. Related: Ditched; ditching. Last ditch (1715) refers to the last line of military defenses.

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