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intrenchment

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n intrenchment an entrenched fortification; a position protected by trenches
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Intrenchment An encroachment or infringement. "The slight intrenchment upon individual freedom."
    • Intrenchment Any defense or protection.
    • Intrenchment (Mil) Any defensive work consisting of at least a trench or ditch and a parapet made from the earth thrown up in making such a ditch. "On our side, we have thrown up intrenchments on Winter and Prospect Hills."
    • Intrenchment The act of intrenching or the state of being intrenched.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n intrenchment The act of intrenching.
    • n intrenchment In fortification, a general term for a work consisting of a trench or ditch and a parapet (the latter formed of the earth dug from the ditch), constructed for a defense against an enemy. See cut under parapet.
    • n intrenchment Figuratively, any defense or protection.
    • n intrenchment Encroachment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Intrenchment . See Entrench.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Intrench

Usage

In literature:

Should he keep them within his little intrenchment?
"In Clive's Command" by Herbert Strang
We were intrenched behind a small eminence which hid us from our enemies, with little hope of long escaping their observation.
"The Gay Cockade" by Temple Bailey
One intrenchment after another fell into their hands, until three had been stormed and taken.
"Historical Tales, Vol 5 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
On the 5th of March 1776, Washington repaired to the intrenchments.
"History of the American Negro in the Great World War" by W. Allison Sweeney
The advance was rapidly continued in an irregular line toward the blockhouses and intrenchments to the right front.
"The Colored Regulars in the United States Army" by T. G. Steward
The changes made were all designed to build up new defences around the throne, and to intrench more firmly every threatened prerogative.
"A Short History of Russia" by Mary Platt Parmele
Each occupation is firmly intrenched in trade unionism.
"Wage Earning and Education" by R. R. Lutz
General Drummond retired on the night of the 21st, and took post in his intrenchments behind the Chippewa.
"General Scott" by General Marcus J. Wright
The slavery side was strongly intrenched, and had a clear and definite demand.
"The Suppression of the African Slave Trade to the United States of America" by W. E. B. Du Bois
He is my Mistris page at euerie stound, And soone will tent a deepe intrenched wound.
"The Choise of Valentines" by Thomas Nash
The lawyer was in his office; he had intrenched himself there as soon as possible, covering his retreat with the departure of his guests.
"Jane Field" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Her heart lies intrenched within the ramparts of Duty and of Devotion.
"Dream Life" by Donald G. Mitchell
It is impossible to explain in articles of this character the mysteries of intrenchment and fortification, so that they will be comprehensible.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No 2, August, 1864" by Various
The next sun was fixed on to attack the Allegewi in their intrenchments.
"Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 2 (of 3)" by James Athearn Jones
If they can advance no farther, they must intrench and hold on until the fall of darkness or a favorable turn in the situation develops.
"Infantry Drill Regulations, United States Army, 1911" by United States War Department
The two Armies are intrenched on Long Island very near each other and very often exchange a few shots.
"The Campaign of 1776 around New York and Brooklyn" by Henry P. Johnston
In addition to the heads they also brought in a great number of muskets and some intrenching tools.
"At Aboukir and Acre" by George Alfred Henty
One can't exactly intrench oneself behind a wall with pistols and say 'Be my friend if you dare.
"Adam Johnstone's Son" by F. Marion Crawford
As Grant had surmised, the intrenchments there were easily carried.
"History of the United States, Volume 4" by E. Benjamin Andrews
This intrenchment could not be seen from without.
"Annals of a Fortress" by E. Viollet-le-Duc
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In poetry:

Thy will such an intrenching is,
As passeth thought:
To it all strength, all subtilties
Are things of nought.
"The Search" by George Herbert
O ashen bulks that haunt the Vast,
Beyond the ministry of Light!
O strong intrenchment of the Night
On charred Antares cold at last!
"The Testimony of the Suns" by George Sterling
God shall triumph over Wrong,
Though intrenched in fortress strong;
He shall smite her guilty throng,
Though his suffering seem long.
"The Doom Of Slavery" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
Unnumbered hosts, that threaten nigh,
Pennon and standard flaunting high,
And flag displayed;
High battlements intrenched around,
Bastion, and moated wall, and mound,
And palisade,
"Coplas De Manrique (From The Spanish)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I wander to the zigzag-cornered fence
Where sassafras, intrenched in brambles dense,
Contests with stolid vehemence
The march of culture, setting limb and thorn
As pikes against the army of the corn.
"Corn" by Sidney Lanier
For the fierce flame of war on the morrow flashed out,
And its thunder-peals filled all the tremulous air:
Over slippery intrenchment and reddened redoubt,
Rang the wild cheer of triumph, the cry of despair.
"The Battle Rainbow" by John Reuben Thompson