• WordNet 3.6
    • n retrenchment the reduction of expenditures in order to become financially stable
    • n retrenchment entrenchment consisting of an additional interior fortification to prolong the defense
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Retrenchment (Fort) A work constructed within another, to prolong the defense of the position when the enemy has gained possession of the outer work; or to protect the defenders till they can retreat or obtain terms for a capitulation.
    • Retrenchment The act or process of retrenching; as, the retrenchment of words in a writing. "The retrenchment of my expenses will convince you that I mean to replace your fortune as far as I can."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n retrenchment The act of retrenching, lopping off, or pruning; the act of removing what is superfluous: as, retrenchment of words in a writing.
    • n retrenchment The act of curtailing, reducing, or lessening; diminution; particularly, the reduction of outlay or expenses; economy.
    • n retrenchment Milit.: An interior rampart or defensible line, comprising ditch and parapet, which cuts off a part of a fortress from the rest, and to which a garrison may retreat to prolong a defense, when the enemy has gained partial possession of the place. Also applied to a traverse or defense against flanking fire in a covered way or other part of a work liable to be enfiladed. A retrenchment is thrown across the gorge of a redan or bastion when there is danger that the salient angle will fall into the hands of the besiegers.
    • n retrenchment An intrenchment.
    • n retrenchment Synonyms and Reduction, curtailment, abridgment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Retrenchment cutting off: lessening or abridging: reduction: economy:
    • n Retrenchment (fort.) a work within another for prolonging the defence
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. retrenchment,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. retrencher (Fr. retrancher)—re-, off, trencher, to cut, which, acc. to Littré, is from L. truncāre, to cut off.


In literature:

Retrenchment was the order of the day.
"Reminiscences of Queensland" by William Henry Corfield
Every small economy attempted, every retrenchment planned, came to nothing.
"Athalie" by Robert W. Chambers
To carry out retrenchment is ever an unpleasant and thankless job, and the first six months of our new regime was no exception to the rule.
"The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon" by José Maria Gordon
A cry for reform and retrenchment, for more victories and less expense, was loudly raised.
"A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3)" by Samuel Rawson Gardiner
They were in reduced circumstances: they had come down to Hadleigh to retrench.
"Not Like Other Girls" by Rosa N. Carey
If the force should finally not be wanted, retrenchments may very easily be made.
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Volume III (of 3), 1854-1861" by Queen of Great Britain Victoria
He had said they must retrench.
"The First Violin" by Jessie Fothergill
Where can we retrench?
"Nelson's Home Comforts" by Mary Hooper
Earnestly did his brother David press upon him a return to Auchinleck and the retrenchment of his expenses.
"James Boswell" by William Keith Leask
After this the old cries of peace, retrenchment, and reform sound beggarly indeed.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
I'll retrench for fun, and you must love me for it.
"The Gorgeous Girl" by Nalbro Bartley
Already I spend 500 francs a year on morphia, I must really retrench.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
When I came back from Paris, I tried to retrench, but found it all but impossible.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
Already something in the way of retrenchment and reform had been accomplished.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 1" by Various
However, he promised to read it through, and see whether judicious retrenchments could be made.
"The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi" by Count Carlo Gozzi
After the plantations had gently slipped away from him he did not attempt to retrench.
"A Pasteboard Crown" by Clara Morris
Suppose, again, the case reversed, and that all other currencies remained as before, while half that of England was retrenched.
"Readings in Money and Banking" by Chester Arthur Phillips
Rather than retrench his expenses, he procured money by a system of fraud and prostitution of his official power.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine" by Various
Age exacts less of life; it will not be hard for us to retrench our expenses somewhat.
"The Eichhofs" by Moritz von Reichenbach
But no retrenchment, Castalia!
"A Charming Fellow, Volume III (of 3)" by Frances Eleanor Trollope

In poetry:

No partial pay could justice still,
No farthing was retrench'd:
Vengeance exacted all, until
Thy Husband all advanc'd.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter I." by Ralph Erskine
"Retrenchment rules in Elfland, now;
Yes, every luxury is cut off.
— Which, by the way, reminds me how
I caught this dreadful hacking cough:
"The Hard Times In Elfland [A Story of Christmas Eve]" by Sidney Lanier
Pay — and I promise by the Dust of Spring,
Retrenchment. If my promises can bring
Comfort, Ye have Them now a thousandfold —
By Allah! I will promise Anything!
"The Rupaiyat of Omar Kal'vin" by Rudyard Kipling
Indeed, indeed, Retrenchment oft before
I swore — but did I mean it when I swore?
And then, and then, We wandered to the Hills,
And so the Little Less became Much More.
"The Rupaiyat of Omar Kal'vin" by Rudyard Kipling
Cleft like the fated house in twain,
One half is, Arm! and one, Retrench!
Gambetta's word on dull MacMahon:
'The cow that sees a passing train':
So spies she Russian, German, French.
"To Colonel Charles (Dying General C.B.B.)" by George Meredith

In news:

However, your assertion that "few people dispute the need for retrenchment" is questionable.
Conventional wisdom has it that 2008 was a retrenching time for the DVD industry, with the world focused on Blu-Ray and consumers cutting back.
This week has brought retreat and retrenchment on healthcare.
A great financial retrenchment is under way, the product of both market forces and political pressure on banks to lend at home rather than abroad.
Ikea Keeps Billy Cheapest in Euros as Shoppers Retrench .
Slowness at Coach Hints at Retrenchment by 'Henrys'.
IT Management / IT Retrenchment : Performing IT Project Triage.
Media retrenchment shouldn't start at home.
Slowness at Coach Hints at Retrenchment by 'Henrys'.
IT Management / IT Retrenchment: Performing IT Project Triage .
Anticipating Budget Shortfall, Seattle Opera Retrenches.
To call the deficit retrenchment a betrayal of the governing party's fiscal- conservative wing would be an exaggeration - but only just.
To call the deficit retrenchment a betrayal of the governing party's fiscal- conservative wing would be an exaggeration — but only just.
Dallas' writers were even able to retrench and script this proper tribute to the man who proved famously invincible to bullets.
Banks are retrenching, trade is slowing.

In science:

Thus, the microsegregation does not occur in the regime of the second-order transition of the pure model and the effect of quenched disorder is the expected slight (the average bond strength is maintained) retrenchment of ferromagnetic order.
Strong Violation of Critical Phenomena Universality: Wang-Landau Study of the 2d Blume-Capel Model under Bond Randomness