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Dictionary Definition

trough

Noun

1 a narrow depression (as in the earth or between ocean waves or in the ocean bed)
2 a channel along the eaves or on the roof; collects and carries away rainwater [syn: gutter]
3 a concave shape with an open top [syn: bowl]
4 a treasury for government funds [syn: public treasury, till]
5 a long narrow shallow receptacle
6 a container (usually in a barn or stable) from which cattle or horses feed [syn: manger]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • (RP) /trɒf/
  • (US) /trɑːf/, /trɔːf/ /trAf/ˌ /trOf/
    Rhymes: -ɒf

Noun

  1. A long, narrow container, open on top, for feeding or watering animals.
    One of Hank's chores was to slop the pigs' trough each morning and evening.
  2. Any similarly shaped container.
    Ernest threw his paint brushes into a kind of trough he had fashioned from sheet metal that he kept in the sink.
  3. (Canadian) A gutter under the eaves of a building; eaves trough.
    The troughs were filled with leaves and needed cleaning.
  4. A short, narrow canal designed to hold water until it drains or evaporates.
    There was a small trough that the sump pump emptied into; it was filled with mosquito larvae.
  5. A long, narrow depression between waves or ridges.
    The buoy bobbed between the crests and troughs of the waves moving across the bay.
    The neurologist pointed to a troubling trough in the patter of his brain-waves.
  1. A linear atmospheric depression associated with a weather front.
  2. In Australia and New Zealand, a trough may refer to a rectangular container used for washing clothes, a channel for conveying water or other farm liquids (such as milk) from place to place by gravity, or any general 'U' or 'V' shaped channel conveying water for irrigation purposes.

Translations

A long, narrow, open container for feeding animals
A long, narrow container open at the top
A gutter under the eaves of a building
Short, narrow drainage canal
A long, narrow depression between waves or ridges
A linear atmospheric depression associated with a weather front
Translations to be checked

See also

Extensive Definition

Trough may refer to:

See also

  • Trow
  • troff
  • The component "tropho-" in a scientific word means "feeding", often "feeding and growing"

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