Re*trench"ment (?), n. [Cf. F. retrenchment.]


The act or process of retrenching; as, the retrenchment of words in a writing.

The retrenchment of my expenses will convince you that mean to replace your fortune as far as I can. Walpole.

2. 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.

Syn. -- Lessening; curtailment; diminution; reduction; abridgment.


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