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DITCH, noun [G.]

1. A trench in the earth made by digging, particularly a trench for draining wet land, or for making a fence to guard inclosures, or for preventing an enemy from approaching a town or fortress. In the latter sense, it is called also a foss or moat, and is dug round the rampart or wall between the scarp and counterscarp.

2. Any long, hollow receptacle of water.

DITCH, verb intransitive To dig or make a ditch or ditches.

DITCH, verb transitive

1. To dig a ditch or ditches in; to drain by a ditch; as, to ditch moist land.

2. To surround with a ditch