entrench

Part of speech: verb

To protect, as by a trench.

Part of speech: verb

To make a trench or trenches in.

Part of speech: verb

To encroach; trespass. intrench.

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Usage examples "entrench":

  1. Buller therefore telegraphed to White asking him whether he could entrench and maintain himself pending the arrival of reinforcements. - "London to Ladysmith via Pretoria", Winston Spencer Churchill.
  2. Close beside the tents of this division, within a quadrilateral, guarded by a ditch, you could see the camp of the Amazon Brigade, whose first thought when they pitch their tents is to entrench themselves. - "The Slaves of the Padishah", Mór Jókai.
  3. The rebels had no sooner occupied this new position, than they began to entrench, take possession of the huts, and make themselves comfortable in other ways, giving promise to make matters lively for our troops the rainy season. - "Bamboo Tales", Ira L. Reeves.