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noun [countable] trough pronunciation in British English /trɒf/ 
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singulartrough
pluraltroughs
  1. 1
    a long narrow open container used for holding food or water for animals

    a cattle trough

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  2. 2
    a low area between two high waves or hills

    The boat lay almost helpless in the trough of the waves.

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  3. 3
    a period when something that rises and falls regularly is at a low level, especially economic activity

    We try to adapt to peaks and troughs in demand.

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