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A long narrow trench or furrow dug in the ground, as for irrigation, drainage, or a boundary line.
v. ditched, ditch·ing, ditch·es
1. To dig or make a long narrow trench or furrow in.
2. To surround with a long narrow trench or furrow.
a. To drive (a vehicle) into a long narrow trench, as one beside a road.
b. To derail (a train).
a. To get rid of; discard: ditched the old yard furniture.
b. To get away from (a person, especially a companion).
c. To discontinue use of or association with: ditch the job at the hamburger stand.
d. To skip (class or school).
5. To crash-land (an aircraft) on water.
1. To dig a ditch.
2. To crash-land in water. Used of an aircraft or a pilot.
[Middle English dich, from Old English dīc; see dhīgw- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
1. (Physical Geography) a narrow channel dug in the earth, usually used for drainage, irrigation, or as a boundary marker
2. (Physical Geography) any small, natural waterway
3. (Physical Geography) Irish a bank made of earth excavated from and placed alongside a drain or stream
4. (Bowls & Bowling) informal either of the gutters at the side of a tenpin bowling lane
5. last ditch a last resort or place of last defence
6. to make a ditch or ditches in (a piece of ground)
7. (intr) to edge (something) with a ditch
8. informal to crash or be crashed, esp deliberately, as to avoid more unpleasant circumstances: he had to ditch the car.
9. (tr) slang to abandon or discard: to ditch a girlfriend.
10. (Aeronautics) informal to land (an aircraft) on water in an emergency
11. (tr) slang US to evade: to ditch the police.
[Old English dīc; related to Old Saxon dīk, Old Norse dīki, Middle High German tīch dyke, pond, Latin fīgere to stick, see dyke1]
(Placename) the Ditch an informal name for the Tasman Sea
1. a long, narrow excavation in the ground, as for drainage or irrigation; trench.
2. any natural channel or waterway.v.t.
3. to dig a ditch in or around.
4. to derail or drive into a ditch.
5. to crash-land on water and abandon (an aircraft).
a. to get rid of.
b. to escape from.
7. to dig a ditch.
8. (of an aircraft or its crew) to crash-land on water.
[before 900; Middle English dich, Old English dīc, c. Old Frisian, Old Saxon dīk ditch, dike, Middle High German tīch, Old Norse dīki]
Past participle: ditched
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|Noun||1.||ditch - a long narrow excavation in the earth|
drainage ditch - a ditch for carrying off excess water or sewage
excavation - a hole in the ground made by excavating
irrigation ditch - a ditch to supply dry land with water artificially
sunk fence, ha-ha, haw-haw - a ditch with one side being a retaining wall; used to divide lands without defacing the landscape
trench - a ditch dug as a fortification having a parapet of the excavated earth
trench - any long ditch cut in the ground
|2.||ditch - any small natural waterway|
waterway - a navigable body of water
|Verb||1.||ditch - forsake; "ditch a lover"|
|2.||ditch - throw away; "Chuck these old notes"|
jargon, lingo, patois, argot, vernacular, slang, cant - a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves); "they don't speak our lingo"
abandon - forsake, leave behind; "We abandoned the old car in the empty parking lot"
|3.||ditch - sever all ties with, usually unceremoniously or irresponsibly; "The company dumped him after many years of service"; "She dumped her boyfriend when she fell in love with a rich man"|
|4.||ditch - make an emergency landing on water|
air travel, aviation, air - travel via aircraft; "air travel involves too much waiting in airports"; "if you've time to spare go by air"
crash land - make an emergency landing
|5.||ditch - crash or crash-land; "ditch a car"; "ditch a plane"|
crash - cause to crash; "The terrorists crashed the plane into the palace"; "Mother crashed the motorbike into the lamppost"
|6.||ditch - cut a trench in, as for drainage; "ditch the land to drain it"; "trench the fields"|
1. (Slang) get rid of, dump (informal), scrap, bin (informal), junk (informal), chuck (informal), discard, dispose of, dispense with, jettison, cast off, throw out or overboard I decided to ditch the sofa bed.
losa sig viîskurîur
dikegöra sig av med
vt (inf: = get rid of) person → abhängen (inf); employee, boyfriend → abservieren (inf); plan, project → baden gehen lassen (inf); car → stehen lassen; old manuscript, unwanted object → wegschmeißen (inf); to ditch a plane → eine Maschine im Bach landen (sl)
a long narrow hollow dug in the ground especially one to drain water from a field, road etc. He climbed over the fence and fell into a ditch. sloot, voor, grag خَنْدَق канавка vala příkop der Graben grøft χαντάκιzanja, foso, cuneta kraav جوی؛ چال oja fosséתעלה खाई, नाली jarak (vizes)árok parit skurður fosso みぞ 수로, 배수구 griovys grāvis parit slootgrøft, veitrów, kanał لښتى، ګډى، ژوره، تشى ځاى vala şanţ канава priekopa jarek jarak dike คูน้ำ hendek 溝，渠 канава; рів کھائی، خندق mương rãnh 沟verb
to get rid of. The stolen car had been ditched by the thieves several miles away. laat staan, los, verlaat يَتَخَلَّص مِن изоставям abandonar zbavit se im Stich lassen droppe εγκαταλείπω, ξεφορτώνομαιabandonar maha jätma رها کردن؛ ول کردن hylätä abandonner לַעֲזוֹב निजात पाना riješiti se megszabadul (vkitől, vmitől) membuang losa sig við abbandonare 捨てる 버리다 palikti, pamesti pamest; atstāt meninggalkan achterlatenkassere, kaste fra seg, droppeporzucić پریښول abandonar a se descotorosi (de) бросать zbaviť sa znebiti se napustiti överge, göra sig av med ทิ้ง başından atmak 拋棄 скидати в канаву چھٹکارا پانا bỏ lại 抛弃