dugout


noun

  1. a boat made by hollowing out a log.
  2. Baseball. a roofed structure enclosed on three sides and with the fourth side open and facing the playing field, usually with the floor below ground level, where the players sit when not on the field.
  3. a rough shelter or dwelling formed by an excavation in the ground, in the face of a bank, in the side of a hill, etc., especially one used by soldiers.

noun

  1. a canoe made by hollowing out a log
  2. military a covered excavation dug to provide shelter
  3. slang a retired officer, former civil servant, etc, recalled to employment
  4. (at a sports ground) the covered bench where managers, trainers, etc sit and players wait when not on the field
  5. (in the Canadian prairies) a reservoir dug on a farm in which water from rain and snow is collected for use in irrigation, watering livestock, etc
n.

also dug-out, “canoe,” 1722, American English, from dug, past participle of dig (v.) + out (adv.). Baseball sense is first recorded 1914, from c.1855 meaning of “rough shelter.”

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