\ ˈbärj How to pronounce barge (audio) \

Definition of barge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: any of various boats: such as
a : a roomy usually flat-bottomed boat used chiefly for the transport of goods on inland waterways and usually propelled by towing
b : a large motorboat supplied to the flag officer of a flagship
c : a roomy pleasure boat especially : a boat of state elegantly furnished and decorated


barged; barging

Definition of barge (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to carry by barge

intransitive verb

1 : to move ponderously or clumsily
2 : to thrust oneself heedlessly or unceremoniously barged into the meeting

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Synonyms & Antonyms for barge

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of barge in a Sentence

Verb He came rushing down the stairs, barging into the crowd of people at the bottom. She barged through the door without even knocking.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In response, Meachum created a new school on a barge in the Mississippi River, beyond the reach of state jurisdiction. Laurie Maffly-kipp, The New Republic, "The True Story of the Freed Slave Kneeling at Lincoln’s Feet," 1 July 2020 Aerial display will be launched from a barge on Little Muskego Lake. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Fireworks in the Milwaukee area: Cedarburg, Muskego and more 2020 displays," 23 June 2020 The permit shows that the 2020 fireworks will be held on July 4 on a barge out on the Rehoboth Bay near downtown Dewey. USA TODAY, "Silver Dollar City, ‘Thunder’ silenced, empty Vegas buffets: News from around our 50 states," 16 June 2020 To speed up construction, rooms would be pre-built in China and shipped to Anchorage by barge. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "$60 million Anchorage hotel project delayed amid disagreement between developer and city agency," 9 June 2020 The tiki barge then makes its way down the Cuyahoga River and, weather dependent, to Lake Erie inside the breakwall to see additional views of the city. Hannah Drown, cleveland, "New tiki barge cruises bring island flair to Cuyahoga River (photos, video)," 9 June 2020 While most grocery stores receive deliveries at least once a day, Sitka is bound to the barge, completely dependent on the supply chain staying intact. USA Today, "The grocery store at the end of the world: How a small-town Alaska grocer kept prices even, raised pay during the pandemic," 1 June 2020 The largest part of the rocket, known as the first stage, is able to return to Earth under its own power, landing vertically on a ground pad or on a barge off the Florida coast. Jay Bennett, National Geographic, "SpaceX and NASA launch delayed due to Florida storms," 27 May 2020 The Spit houses the community’s boat harbor, barge terminal, large vessel dock, charter fishing operations, adventure outfits, trinket stores, art shops, seasonal restaurants, million-dollar condominiums and Homer’s most upscale hotel. Mike Campbell, Anchorage Daily News, "Got 1, 2 or 3 days to explore? Here are some fun itineraries," 28 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Ford reached a harrowing conclusion: the whole thing was a set-up, an excuse for the police to barge into the Black Panthers’ office and start shooting. oregonlive, "Long before ‘Defund Police’ movement, Portland’s Black Panthers sought ‘community control’ of police, pursued radical ballot initiative," 25 June 2020 Ariales, almost 3, had just barged into the bedroom that Aragon, 29, was using as a makeshift office, demanding attention. Leah Chernikoff, New York Times, "8 Ways to Set Boundaries Between Work and Kids," 9 Apr. 2020 Several gunmen in ski masks barged into a home and shot two men during the incident, according to police reports. Evan Macdonald, cleveland, "Cleveland man charged in deadly home invasion shooting in Glenville neighborhood," 4 Mar. 2020 Thomas allegedly barged into the rabbi's home as a group was observing the seventh night of Hanukkah, his face was covered with what appeared to be a scarf, according to a criminal complaint filed against him. NBC News, "Hanukkah stabbing suspect charged with 5 additional hate crimes," 2 Jan. 2020 Led by Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, a group of about two dozen lawmakers from the Grand Old Party barged into a secure hearing room Wednesday to protest an alleged lack of transparency. Clarence Page,, "Column: Desperate Republicans turn to chaos strategy: When you can’t make an excuse for Trump, just make noise.," 25 Oct. 2019 The manner in which the former New York mayor has barged into the race, knocking candidates with far fewer resources out of the spotlight, harkens back to what Donald Trump did in the 2016 Republican primary. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "At the Democratic Debate, Can the Other Candidates Halt the Rise of Michael Bloomberg?," 19 Feb. 2020 Sure, there are some exceptions—toddlers barging in, couples getting ready together to save time—but at the end of the day, most potty time is done solo. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "This Real Estate Listing Features a Bathroom Without Doors, and Twitter Is Having a Field Day," 18 Nov. 2019 The rail-barge link allows railcars loaded in the Lower 48 to be barged to Whittier where they are added to Alaska Railroad trains. Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska Railroad netted solid profit in 2019 but uncertainty lies ahead," 7 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of barge


13th century, in the meaning defined above


1649, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for barge


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin barca

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The first known use of barge was in the 13th century

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4 Jul 2020

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“Barge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of barge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a large boat that has a flat bottom and that is used to carry goods in harbors and on rivers and canals



English Language Learners Definition of barge (Entry 2 of 2)

: to move or push in a fast, awkward, and often rude way


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Kids Definition of barge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a broad boat with a flat bottom used chiefly in harbors and on rivers and canals


barged; barging

Kids Definition of barge (Entry 2 of 2)

: to move or push in a fast and often rude way He barged through the crowd.

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