What does the word entrench mean?

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by 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 by Ira L. Reeves