Definition for RE-TRENCH'

RE-TRENCH', v.t. [Fr. retrancher; re and trancher, to cut; It. trincea, a trench; trincerare, to intrench; trinciare, to carve; W. trycu, to cut.]

  1. To cut off; to pare away. And thy exuberant parts retrench. – Denham.
  2. To lessen; to abridge; to curtail; as, to retrench superfluities or expenses. – Atterbury.
  3. To confine; to limit. [Not proper.] – Addison.

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