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ditch (ditching),

n the undesirable loss of tooth substance in the region of a restoration margin (usually gingival).
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It seemed as if the gold they had taken out was by some ironical compensation gradually making its way back to the soil again through ditch and flume and reservoir.
As soon as it was good and dark, I shut off the current from all the fences, and then groped my way out to the embankment bordering our side of the great dynamite ditch.
Cannon, muskets, fire and smoke; but, still the deep ditch, the single drawbridge, the massive stone wails, and the eight great towers.
He struggled through a dry ditch as she spoke, and came out upon a grassy place that bordered the towpath of the canal.
To see him leap and run and pursue me over hedge and ditch was the worst of nightmares.
That same cloud was being watched by two good friends in the ruined ditch below the city wall, for Bagheera and Kaa, knowing well how dangerous the Monkey-People were in large numbers, did not wish to run any risks.
A young Prince was riding one day through a meadow that stretched for miles in front of him, when he came to a deep open ditch.
Once we met four young elephants, and an old one that played with them, lifting them up with her trunk; they grew enraged on a sudden, and ran upon us: we had no way of securing ourselves but by flight, which, however, would have been fruitless, had not our pursuers been stopped by a deep ditch.
WHEN this happened, the Flopsy Bunnies went across the field to a rubbish heap, in the ditch outside Mr.
I threw one of his varlets into a thorn hedge, and another into a water-butt, and a third landed head-first into a ditch.
said the stout huntsman, mopping his forehead and leaning against the trunk of a tree nearly opposite to his companion, for he felt unequal to the effort of leaping the ditch between them.
The whole story of the past night sprang into his mind with every detail, as by an exercise of the direct and speedy sense of sight, and he arose from the ditch and, with rueful courage, went to meet his love.