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ditch

 (dĭch)
n.
A long narrow trench or furrow dug in the ground, as for irrigation, drainage, or a boundary line.
v. ditched, ditch·ing, ditch·es
v.tr.
1. To dig or make a long narrow trench or furrow in.
2. To surround with a long narrow trench or furrow.
3.
a. To drive (a vehicle) into a long narrow trench, as one beside a road.
b. To derail (a train).
4. Slang
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.
v.intr.
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 Indo-European roots.]

ditch

(dɪtʃ)
n
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
vb
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]
ˈditcher n
ˈditchless adj

Ditch

(dɪtʃ)
n
(Placename) the Ditch an informal name for the Tasman Sea

ditch

(dɪtʃ)

n.
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).
6. Slang.
a. to get rid of.
b. to escape from.
v.i.
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]

ditch


Past participle: ditched
Gerund: ditching

Imperative
ditch
ditch
Present
I ditch
you ditch
he/she/it ditches
we ditch
you ditch
they ditch
Preterite
I ditched
you ditched
he/she/it ditched
we ditched
you ditched
they ditched
Present Continuous
I am ditching
you are ditching
he/she/it is ditching
we are ditching
you are ditching
they are ditching
Present Perfect
I have ditched
you have ditched
he/she/it has ditched
we have ditched
you have ditched
they have ditched
Past Continuous
I was ditching
you were ditching
he/she/it was ditching
we were ditching
you were ditching
they were ditching
Past Perfect
I had ditched
you had ditched
he/she/it had ditched
we had ditched
you had ditched
they had ditched
Future
I will ditch
you will ditch
he/she/it will ditch
we will ditch
you will ditch
they will ditch
Future Perfect
I will have ditched
you will have ditched
he/she/it will have ditched
we will have ditched
you will have ditched
they will have ditched
Future Continuous
I will be ditching
you will be ditching
he/she/it will be ditching
we will be ditching
you will be ditching
they will be ditching
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been ditching
you have been ditching
he/she/it has been ditching
we have been ditching
you have been ditching
they have been ditching
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been ditching
you will have been ditching
he/she/it will have been ditching
we will have been ditching
you will have been ditching
they will have been ditching
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been ditching
you had been ditching
he/she/it had been ditching
we had been ditching
you had been ditching
they had been ditching
Conditional
I would ditch
you would ditch
he/she/it would ditch
we would ditch
you would ditch
they would ditch
Past Conditional
I would have ditched
you would have ditched
he/she/it would have ditched
we would have ditched
you would have ditched
they would have ditched
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ditch - a long narrow excavation in the earthditch - 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
Verb1.ditch - forsake; "ditch a lover"
desert, desolate, forsake, abandon - leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch; "The mother deserted her children"
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"
get rid of, remove - dispose of; "Get rid of these old shoes!"; "The company got rid of all the dead wood"
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 drainageditch - cut a trench in, as for drainage; "ditch the land to drain it"; "trench the fields"
hollow, excavate, dig - remove the inner part or the core of; "the mining company wants to excavate the hillside"

ditch

noun
1. channel, drain, trench, gutter, dyke, trough, furrow, gully, conduit, moat, watercourse The car went out of control and ended up in a ditch.
verb
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.
2. (Slang) leave, drop, abandon, desert, dump (informal), axe (informal), get rid of, bin (informal), chuck (informal), finish with, walk out on, forsake, jilt, give someone the push, give someone the elbow, give someone the big E (slang) I can't bring myself to ditch him.

ditch

verb
Slang. To let go or get rid of as being useless or defective, for example:
Informal: chuck, jettison, shuck (off).
Translations
خَنْدَقيَتَخَلَّص مِنيَتْرُكُ
zbavit sepříkopstrouha
grøftskrottedroppe
hylätälintsataoja
jaraknasipodbacitirov
ároksáncvizesárok
losa sig viîskurîur
捨てる
버리다수로
griovys
atstātgrāvispamest
jarekgrapa
dikegöra sig av med
คูน้ำทิ้ง
hendeksepetlemekbaşından atmak
bỏmương

ditch

[dɪtʃ]
A. N (gen) → zanja f; (at roadside) → cuneta f; (= irrigation channel) → acequia f; (as defence) → foso m
B. VT (= get rid of) [+ car] → deshacerse de; [+ person] → dejar plantado
to ditch a planehacer un amaraje forzoso

ditch

[ˈdɪtʃ]
nfossé m
see also last-ditch drainage ditch, irrigation ditch
vt
(= throw out) [+ object] → balancer
(= abandon) [+ plan, policy] → laisser tomber, abandonner
[+ boyfriend, girlfriend] → plaquer
She's just ditched her boyfriend → Elle vient de plaquer son copain.

ditch

n
Graben m
(Aviat inf) → Bach m (sl)
vt (inf: = get rid of) personabhängen (inf); employee, boyfriendabservieren (inf); plan, projectbaden gehen lassen (inf); carstehen lassen; old manuscript, unwanted objectwegschmeißen (inf); to ditch a planeeine Maschine im Bach landen (sl)
vi (Aviat inf) → in den Bach gehen

ditch

[dɪtʃ]
1. nfosso; (irrigation channel) → fosso or canale m d'irrigazione
2. vt (fam) (get rid of, car) → abbandonare, mollare; (person) → piantare

ditch

(ditʃ) noun
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.
verb
to get rid of. The stolen car had been ditched by the thieves several miles away.

ditch

خَنْدَق, يَتْرُكُ strouha, zbavit se grøft, skrotte abservieren, Graben ξεφορτώνομαι, χαντάκι cuneta, desechar, zanja hylätä, oja abandonner, fossé jarak, odbaciti disfarsi, fosso 捨てる, 溝 버리다, 수로 afdanken, sloot grøft, kvitte (seg) med rów, zarzucić fosso, livrar-se de выбрасывать, кювет dike, göra sig av med คูน้ำ, ทิ้ง hendek, sepetlemek bỏ, mương 小沟, 抛弃
References in classic literature ?
Great ditches had to be dug and thousands of tile laid.
Ere entering upon the subject of Fossil Whales, I present my credentials as a geologist, by stating that in my miscellaneous time i have been a stone-mason, and also a great digger of ditches, canals, and wells, wine-vaults, cellars, and cisterns of all sorts.
The roadway was commonly several feet lower than the level of the houses, which were sometimes joined by high board walks; there were no pavements--there were mountains and valleys and rivers, gullies and ditches, and great hollows full of stinking green water.
Thus: If one's duties have kept him in the house all the week, it will rest him to be out on Sunday; if his duties have required him to read weighty and serious matter all the week, it will rest him to read light matter on Sunday; if his occupation has busied him with death and funerals all the week, it will rest him to go to the theater Sunday night and put in two or three hours laughing at a comedy; if he is tired with digging ditches or felling trees all the week, it will rest him to lie quiet in the house on Sunday; if the hand, the arm, the brain, the tongue, or any other member, is fatigued with inanition, it is not to be rested by added a day's inanition; but if a member is fatigued with exertion, inanition is the right rest for it.
Deep ditches, double drawbridge, massive stone walls, eight great towers, cannon, muskets, fire and smoke.
The soft and gentle river Don sweeps through an amphitheatre, in which cultivation is richly blended with woodland, and on a mount, ascending from the river, well defended by walls and ditches, rises this ancient edifice, which, as its Saxon name implies, was, previous to the Conquest, a royal residence of the kings of England.
The gate swung open to let him through, and he next passed successively three courts, surrounded by deep ditches filled with running water, with birds of brilliant plumage flying about the banks.
That may hold good of those that are born in the ditches," said Sancho, "not of those who have the fat of an old Christian four fingers deep on their souls, as I have.
Anyone coming along the road from Chobham or Wo- king would have been amazed at the sight--a dwindling mul- titude of perhaps a hundred people or more standing in a great irregular circle, in ditches, behind bushes, behind gates and hedges, saying little to one another and that in short, excited shouts, and staring, staring hard at a few heaps of sand.
The cities of Germany are absolutely free, they own but little country around them, and they yield obedience to the emperor when it suits them, nor do they fear this or any other power they may have near them, because they are fortified in such a way that every one thinks the taking of them by assault would be tedious and difficult, seeing they have proper ditches and walls, they have sufficient artillery, and they always keep in public depots enough for one year's eating, drinking, and firing.
Nothing like "taking" a few bushes and ditches for exorcising a demon; and it is really astonishing that the Centaurs, with their immense advantages in this way, have left so bad a reputation in history.
The works had this peculiarity, that instead of rising above the earth, as did the ancient ramparts destined to defend a city from escalades, they, on the contrary, sank into it; and what created the height of the walls was the depth of the ditches.