1 container for animal feed/water
drinking, feeding, watering (esp. AmE)
feed (esp. AmE), water
cattle, horse, pig
metal, stone, wooden, etc.
2 low point
deep, shallow

The economy is unlikely to reach its trough until the turn of the year.

the peaks and troughs

the peaks and troughs of economic cycles

Collocations dictionary. 2013.


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  • Trough — may refer to: * Trough (food), a container for animal feed (syn: manger) * Trough (geology), a long depression less steep than a trench * Trough (meteorology), an elongated region of low atmospheric pressure * Trough (physics), the lowest point… …   Wikipedia

  • Trough — (tr[o^]f), n. [OE. trough, trogh, AS. trog, troh; akin to D., G., & Icel. trog, Sw. tr[*a]g, Dan. trug; probably originally meaning, made of wood, and akin to E. tree. [root]63 & 241. See {Tree}, and cf. {Trug}.] 1. A long, hollow vessel,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • trough — [trɔf US tro:f] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(container)¦ 2¦(low point)¦ 3¦(waves)¦ 4¦(weather)¦ 5 have your nose/snout in the trough ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [: Old English; Origin: trog] 1.) ¦(CONTAINER)¦ a long narrow open container that holds water or food for animals …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • trough — [ trɔf ] noun count 1. ) a long narrow open container used for holding food or water for animals: a cattle trough 2. ) a low area between two high waves or hills: The boat lay almost helpless in the trough of the waves. 3. ) a period when… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • trough — trough; trough·ton; …   English syllables

  • trough — O.E. trog, from P.Gmc. *trugoz (Cf. O.Fris., O.S., O.N. trog, M.Du. troch, Du. trog, O.H.G. troc, Ger. trog), perhaps ultimately from PIE *drukos, from root *dru wood, tree (see TREE (Cf. tree)). Originally pronounced in English with a hard …   Etymology dictionary

  • trough — [n] gutter, depression canal, channel, crib, cup, dike, dip, ditch, duct, flume, furrow, gully, hollow, manger, moat, trench, watercourse; concepts 509,513 …   New thesaurus

  • trough — ► NOUN 1) a long, narrow open container for animals to eat or drink out of. 2) a channel used to convey a liquid. 3) an elongated region of low barometric pressure. 4) a hollow between two wave crests in the sea. 5) a point of low activity or… …   English terms dictionary

  • trough — [trôf, träf] n. [ME < OE trog, akin to Ger < IE * druk < base * deru ,TREE: basic sense, “hollowed wooden object”] 1. a long, narrow, open container of wood, stone, etc. for holding water or food for animals 2. any similarly shaped… …   English World dictionary

  • trough — [[t]trɒ̱f, AM trɔ͟ːf[/t]] troughs 1) N COUNT A trough is a long narrow container from which farm animals drink or eat. The old stone cattle trough still sits by the main entrance. 2) N COUNT A trough is a low area between two big waves on the sea …   English dictionary

  • Trough — The transition point between economic recession and recovery. The New York Times Financial Glossary * * * trough trough [trɒf ǁ trɒːf] noun [countable] FINANCE ECONOMICS the lowest point in a series of prices, values etc: • the pea …   Financial and business terms

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