Meaning of RETRENCHMENT in English

RETRENCHMENT

-chmənt noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle French retrenchement , from retrenchier + -ment

1. : an act or process of retrenching : reduction , curtailment , excision : cutting down of expenses

retrenchment of their way of living — Willa Cather

retrenchment both in public expenditures and international commitments — Max Ascoli

2. : a defense work (as a simple traverse or parapet and ditch) constructed within another to prolong the defense when the enemy has gained the outer work

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