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Webster 1913 Edition


Trough

Trough

(trŏf)
,
Noun.
[OE.
trough
,
trogh
, AS.
trog
,
troh
; akin to D., G., & Icel.
trog
, Sw.
tråg
, Dan.
trug
; probably originally meaning, made of wood, and akin to E.
tree
. √63 & 241. See
Tree
, and cf.
Trug
.]
1.
A long, hollow vessel, generally for holding water or other liquid, especially one formed by excavating a log longitudinally on one side; a long tray; also, a wooden channel for conveying water, as to a mill wheel.
2.
Any channel, receptacle, or depression, of a long and narrow shape;
as,
trough
between two ridges, etc
.
Trough gutter
(Arch.)
,
a rectangular or V-shaped gutter, usually hung below the eaves of a house.
Trough of the sea
,
the depression between two waves.

Webster 1828 Edition


Trough

TROUGH

,
Noun.
trauf.
1.
A vessel hollow longitudinally, or a large log or piece of timber excavated longitudinally on the upper side; used for various purposes.
2.
A tray. [This is the same word dialectically altered.]
3.
A canoe; the rude boat of uncivilized men.
4.
The channel that conveys water, as in mills.
The trough of the sea, the hollow between waves.

Definition 2022


trough

trough

English

watering trough (noun 1)

Noun

trough (plural troughs)

  1. A long, narrow container, open on top, for feeding or watering animals.
    One of Hank's chores was to slop the pigs' trough each morning and evening.
  2. Any similarly shaped container.
    1. (Australia, New Zealand) A rectangular container used for washing or rinsing clothes.
      Ernest threw his paint brushes into a kind of trough he had fashioned from sheet metal that he kept in the sink.
  3. A short, narrow canal designed to hold water until it drains or evaporates.
    There was a small trough that the sump pump emptied into; it was filled with mosquito larvae.
  4. (Canada) A gutter under the eaves of a building; an eaves trough.
    The troughs were filled with leaves and needed clearing.
  5. (agriculture, Australia, New Zealand) A channel for conveying water or other farm liquids (such as milk) from place to place by gravity; any ‘U’ or ‘V’ cross-sectioned irrigation channel.
  6. A long, narrow depression between waves or ridges; the low portion of a wave cycle.
    The buoy bobbed between the crests and troughs of the waves moving across the bay.
    The neurologist pointed to a troubling trough in the pattern of his brain-waves.
  7. (meteorology) A linear atmospheric depression associated with a weather front.

Synonyms

  • manger (container for feeding animals)

Translations

Verb

trough (third-person singular simple present troughs, present participle troughing, simple past and past participle troughed)

  1. To eat in a vulgar style, as if from a trough.
    he troughed his way through three meat pies.

References

  • Oxford English Dictionary Online

See also