Meaning of TROUGH in English


— troughlike , adj.

/trawf, trof/ or, sometimes, /trawth, troth/ , n.

1. a long, narrow, open receptacle, usually boxlike in shape, used chiefly to hold water or food for animals.

2. any of several similarly shaped receptacles used for various commercial or household purposes.

3. a channel or conduit for conveying water, as a gutter under the eaves of a building for carrying away rain water.

4. any long depression or hollow, as between two ridges or waves.

5. Oceanog. a long, wide, and deep depression in the ocean floor having gently sloping sides, wider and shallower than a trench. Cf. trench (def. 4).

6. Meteorol. an elongated area of relatively low pressure.

7. the lowest point, esp. in an economic cycle.

[ bef. 900; ME; OE troh; c. D, G, ON trog ]

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