Definition of ditch in English:


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Pronunciation: /dɪtʃ



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  • 1Provide with a ditch or ditches: he was praised for ditching the coastal areas
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    dig a ditch in, provide with ditches, trench, excavate, drain
  • 1.1 [no object] Make or repair ditches: (as noun ditching) they would have to pay for hedging and ditching
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    • I remember all the crafts they used to do: hedging, ditching - that's all gone now.
    • His father worked for the nearby farms, doing ditching and draining, while his mother was an auxiliary nurse.
  • 3Bring (an aircraft) down on water in an emergency: he was picked up by a gunboat after ditching his plane in the Mediterranean
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    • Yes, you can bail out of the aircraft or you can ditch the aircraft in the ocean or you can land.
    • Deterioration of the hydraulic system could have resulted in us ditching the aircraft, just not so soon.
    • The pilot ditched his aircraft in the lagoon surrounding the islands.
  • 3.1 [no object] (Of an aircraft) make a forced landing on water: the aircraft was obliged to ditch in the sea off the North African coast
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    • All the time there were aircraft ditching in the sea.
    • Geelong and Cessnock were also among the first units on scene when an RMAF Hawk aircraft ditched in the early phases of the exercise.
    • Unknown to our crew, the skipper had told the squadron our aircraft had ditched, and survivor status was unknown.
  • 3.2US Derail (a train).
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    • Royal Mail controversially announced last June that it was ditching the trains, after 173 years, in favour of road and air transport.
    • In Halifax I ditched the train in the first little yard (was it called Rockington... something like that), by the Bedford Basin, and went for coffee.



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  • You're no ditcher - you're a girl who ditched one time and feels terrible about it and won't make that mistake again.
  • Jim is a two-time ditcher who flew 79 operations during the war as an air gunner - always on low-level flights.
  • Because it was during school hours, the path to her house was generally empty; the ditchers usually hung out in alleys or ruins.


Old English dīc, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch dijk 'ditch, dyke' and German Teich 'pond, pool', also to dyke2.

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