One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1historical A wooden plate or platter for food.
dish, platter, bowl, salverView synonyms
- ‘They are placed beside a rare wooden trencher that coincides in size (approximately four by six inches) with earlier examples used for bread.’
- ‘Plates and trenchers made of bronze also occur, although organic materials like wood were probably more common but tend not to be preserved.’
- ‘Anisia placed a trencher of food in front of a customer.’
- ‘Then one evening dull, as Stien stood by the large wash bin in the inn scrubbing food from used trenchers, a group of six men Stien had never seen before entered through the thick, wooden door.’
- ‘He had been hulking behind him the entire time, holding a wooden trencher piled high with protein and fiber.’
- 1.1 A thick slice of bread used as a plate or platter.
- ‘Ever the man at arms, Gianni used his dagger to spear a slice of ham, and a trencher of bread to scoop up his eggs.’
- ‘During the Middle Ages, thick blocks of coarse stale bread called trenchers were used in place of plates.’
- ‘In Mediaeval times the nobility ate their food off great trenchers of bread, which when soaked in gravy and tasty morsels was given to the peasants.’
- ‘Often trenchers were made from stale bread that was so old and hard that they could be used for quite sometime.’
- ‘Coarse bread for trenchers (slices used as plates) was made from barley or rye.’
2old-fashioned term for mortar board (sense 1)
- ‘The two-hundred strong primary students, all dressed in traditional Chinese scholarly robes and wearing trencher caps, lined up in neat rows at the opening ceremony.’
- ‘In some countries (such as the United Kingdom and Australia), a mortarboard is referred to more traditionally as a trencher cap.’
- ‘Academic dress for certificants is a black trencher cap and an undergraduate gown together with a black stole with a facing of tangerine.’
- ‘Bachelors - A black gown and trencher cap with a turquoise blue hood lined to a depth of 10 centimetres with the appropriate faculty colour.’
- ‘Wearing trencher caps, 3671 undergraduates came to the platform and received their graduate certificates and remembrancers from the hands of leaders of university and schools.’
- ‘The Chancellor's cap shall be a black velvet trencher cap with gold tassel and button and trimmed with three centimetres gold braid.’
- ‘Aside from its retention as the trencher cap, the cap of the Oxford Doctors of Divinity, and the biretta, the barret cap survives today as the head-dress for the Lutheran clergy, German lawyers, deans and rectors of Continental universities.’
- ‘The black cloth trencher cap, with tassel appropriate to the year of study, is still a part of St Andrews’ academical dress.’
- ‘On cue, ninety-seven sleeved left arms came up and rotated ninety-seven triangular trencher caps so the longest tip pointed forward.’
- ‘Academic dress for masters is a plain black stuff master's gown, a black trencher cap with a black silk tassel and a hood of black silk lined with the colour of the faculty, school or professional grouping and academic dress for juris doctor will be the same except that the tassel on the trencher cap is white silk rather than black silk.’
Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French trenchour, from Old French trenchier ‘to cut’ (see trench).
A machine or attachment used in digging trenches.
- ‘It is designed for backhoe or trencher mounting, but it can be adapted to fit a dozer blade on small grading jobs.’
- ‘Contractors in underground construction find the backhoe attachment for a trencher practical.’
- ‘Assorted tools for it have proliferated since its inception: hammers, thumbs, tampers, blades, brooms, plows, compactors, trenchers, pallet forks, rakes, grapple attachments, augers, myriad buckets, and more.’
- ‘Its most popular segmented tire is used for grading and excavation work mounted on skid-steer loaders, backhoe loaders, tool carriers, wheel loaders, or trenchers.’
- ‘I was working with a backhoe and trencher on a daily basis for about three years when an assistant's job became available.’
- ‘Today's bulky earthmovers are being made taller than earlier models, especially excavators and trenchers.’
- ‘Not long after, semi trucks with the trenchers and tractors began to arrive.’
- ‘You can work literally right next to a brand-new building and dig a trench with the mini-excavators and trenchers that are out there today.’
- ‘The trencher will dig a 4-to 12-in.-wide ditch as deep as 3.5 ft.’
- ‘The collector lines typically are installed with a manual or ride-on trencher.’
- ‘He describes how a customer uses it on trenchers and excavators to monitor how much pipe his crews lay.’
- ‘The soil was purposely left firm to minimize trencher and sub-surface equipment damage while all other excavation and topsoil transporting were taking place.’
- ‘It also requires adequate, trash-free backfill and sufficient soil moisture for compaction, as well as site conditions enabling a trencher to maneuver.’
- ‘With most machines, the roots of the seedlings are placed by hand in the hollow created by the trencher and are held until the packing wheels compress the soil around the roots.’
- ‘Company-owned bucket trucks, trenchers, backhoes and cranes serve about 25 crews in the southeast and southwest.’
- ‘A standard-width chain trencher creates a 6-in. trench, so a 5.9-in. shoe is ideal for this application.’
- ‘The array was as distinctive as varied - right from earthquake detectors, energy efficient stoves, to trenchers, water-harvesting machines, and corn-roasters.’
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