Definition of ditch noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//dɪtʃ//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪtʃ//
Features of roads
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a long channel dug at the side of a field or road, to hold or take away water The car left the road and ended up in a ditch. See related entries: Features of roads Word OriginOld English dīc, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch dijk ‘ditch, dyke’ and German Teich ‘pond, pool’, also to dyke, in its geographical sense.Extra examples I tripped and fell into a muddy ditch. The ditch ran parallel to the road. The drainage system consisted of a few open ditches to facilitate run-off. The lettuce beds are surrounded by a deep ditch. Farm drainage ditches ensure that water runs directly into streams. The car went out of control and plunged into a ditch.
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