Retrenchment Re*trench"ment, n. [Cf. F. retrenchment.] 1. The act or process of retrenching; as, the retrenchment of words in a writing. [1913 Webster]

The retrenchment of my expenses will convince you that ? mean to replace your fortune as far as I can. --Walpole. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Lessening; curtailment; diminution; reduction; abridgment. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.