Definition of Trough

1. Noun. A narrow depression (as in the earth or between ocean waves or in the ocean bed).

Generic synonyms: Depression, Natural Depression
Specialized synonyms: Swale

2. Noun. A channel along the eaves or on the roof; collects and carries away rainwater.
Exact synonyms: Gutter
Generic synonyms: Channel
Specialized synonyms: Chute, Slide, Slideway, Sloping Trough, Cullis
Group relationships: Gable Roof, Saddle Roof, Saddleback, Saddleback Roof
Derivative terms: Gutter

3. Noun. A concave shape with an open top.
Exact synonyms: Bowl
Generic synonyms: Concave Shape, Concavity, Incurvation, Incurvature

4. Noun. A treasury for government funds.
Exact synonyms: Public Treasury, Till
Generic synonyms: Exchequer, Treasury

5. Noun. A long narrow shallow receptacle.
Generic synonyms: Receptacle
Specialized synonyms: Cradle, Rocker

6. Noun. A container (usually in a barn or stable) from which cattle or horses feed.
Exact synonyms: Manger
Specialized synonyms: Bunk, Feed Bunk
Generic synonyms: Container

Definition of Trough

1. n. A long, hollow vessel, generally for holding water or other liquid, especially one formed by excavating a log longitudinally on one side; a long tray; also, a wooden channel for conveying water, as to a mill wheel.

2. n. The transverse section of a cyclonic area where the barometric pressure, neither rising nor falling, has reached its lowest point.

Definition of Trough

1. Noun. A long, narrow container, open on top, for feeding or watering animals. ¹

2. Noun. Any similarly shaped container. ¹

3. Noun. (Canada) A gutter under the eaves of a building; an eaves trough. ¹

4. Noun. A short, narrow canal designed to hold water until it drains or evaporates. ¹

5. Noun. A long, narrow depression between waves or ridges. ¹

6. Noun. (meteorology) A linear atmospheric depression associated with a weather front. ¹

7. Noun. (Australia New Zealand) 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. ¹

8. Verb. To eat in a vulgar style, as if eating from a trough ¹

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Definition of Trough

1. a long, narrow receptacle [n -S]

Medical Definition of Trough

1. 1. A long, hollow vessel, generally for holding water or other liquid, especially one formed by excavating a log longitudinally on one side; a long tray; also, a wooden channel for conveying water, as to a mill wheel. 2. Any channel, receptacle, or depression, of a long and narrow shape; as, trough between two ridges, etc. Trough gutter, a rectangular or V-shaped gutter, usually hung below the eaves of a house. Trough of the sea, the depression between two waves. Origin: OE. Trough, trogh, AS. Trog, troh; akin to D, G, & Icel. Trog, Sw. Trag, Dan. Trug; probably originally meaning, made of wood, and akin to E. Tree. & 241. See Tree, and cf. Trug. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Trough

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1. The Microscope and Its Revelations by William Benjamin Carpenter (1883)
"Zoophyte trough.—For the examination of larger aquatic Animals or Plants under low or moderate powers, recourse may be advantageously had either to the ..."

2. International Library of Technology: A Series of Textbooks for Persons by International Textbook Company (1906)
"A trough closet, or closet range, as it is commonly called, is simply a long narrow water-supplied trough provided with an outlet at its lower end. the ..."

3. The Popular Science Monthly (1895)
"enters the trough that would clog the screen at the lower end of the hatching trough and cause it to overflow and the fry to escape. ..."

4. Bulletin by Harvard University Museum of Comparative Zoology (1908)
"Continuing westward the road descends along the north wall of the deep trough and soon comes to a remarkably well-formed lateral moraine, by which some ..."

5. Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society by Cambridge Philosophical Society (1902)
"The Oscillations of a Fluid in an Annular trough. By B. COOKSON, BA, ... The wave motion of a fluid in a circular trough can be discussed by the use of ..."

6. Report of the Annual Meeting (1847)
"Transit of posterior trough „ '23. Amplitude in time, fourteen days. 1830. The symmetry of the great wave not so apparent; the subordinate undulations ..."

7. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1888)
"The combination, with button-sewing appliances, of a trough, appliances for carrying the but- [267] loos successively from the trough to the sewing devices, ..."

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