barge

noun
\ ˈbärj \

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

barge

verb
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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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

Volcano opens with an arrestingly lovely sequence, an extended aerial shot of droplets splashing in slow motion onto a dark body of water before a huge, mysterious barge swims into view. Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Volcano': Film Review | Karlovy Vary 2018," 13 July 2018 The barge fire that erupted in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood on Tuesday night has been ruled an accident, with damage estimated at $1 million, according to fire investigators. Agueda Pacheco-flores, The Seattle Times, "Georgetown barge blaze caused $1M in damage, pulled in 80 firefighters," 28 June 2018 Get up close and personal with falcons, hawks and other birds of prey on European Waterways’ weeklong barge trips on the rivers of Scotland and Ireland. Rosemary Mcclure, latimes.com, "Scotland and Ireland barge cruises feature castles and falcons," 27 June 2018 There’s a barge training pad underneath the building. Andrea Rumbaugh, Houston Chronicle, "Q&A: San Jacinto College’s John Stauffer trains a new generation of more educated mariners," 15 June 2018 Photographer: Dania Maxwell/Bloomberg A worker rakes grain being loaded into a river barge docked at the Nantong Cereals & Oils Transfer Co. facility in the Port of Nantong in China's Jiangsu Province. Bloomberg.com, "Bloomberg’s Week in Pictures," 14 June 2018 The closure comes in the midst of a heavy lull in the barge industry, according to a March statement announcing the company closure. Pat Mcdonogh, The Courier-Journal, "As the last barge rolls off the line, Jeffboat workers say goodbye to an era and their jobs," 20 Apr. 2018 The pipeline removal is expected to continue next week when the barge returns, Henika said. Phil Diehl, sandiegouniontribune.com, "No, they're not drilling for oil; barge off Carlsbad removing old pipeline," 24 Jan. 2018 Take, for instance, this truck and barge situation. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Watch a Truck Pay for Its Huge Mistake in Torturous Slow Motion," 22 Sep. 2016

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Hovan, who police say had been watching the woman and her friend load the car in a grocery store parking lot just hours before, barged in with a knife and raped one of them, the news station reported. Monique O. Madan, miamiherald, "He pistol-whipped a 62-year-old, cops say, then was jailed on rape and kidnapping charges," 5 July 2018 Michael Cory Lee was picking up methamphetamine at a trailer in San Leandro in February 2001, when two men barged in and shot him multiple times. Sarah Ravani, San Francisco Chronicle, "Young woman’s ‘dying declaration’ a rare path to justice, law enforcement says," 17 Mar. 2018 But tech alone can’t solve an issue, especially by barging into a space filled with existing rules, stakeholders, regulations, and community considerations. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How cities should regulate the scooter surge," 11 July 2018 Jones barged through that door Saturday night, surviving and thriving and scoring the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory of his career. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Hembree: Erik Jones outlasts chaos at Daytona and scores win for NASCAR's young guns," 8 July 2018 Ramos barged into The Capital newsroom on June 28, shattering the glass front door with a shotgun and then slaying five staffers. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "Woman stalked by Capital Gazette shooter: I just 'knew' it was him before police did," 2 July 2018 Ronaldo, scorer of all four Portugal goals in his country's first two games, forced Iran goalkeeper Ali Beiranvand into an early save after barging his way into the box. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Portugal concede late penalty as Uruguay await in last 16," 25 June 2018 But the fact that the Republican leadership is willing to hold votes on such a toxic issue months before Election Day is a testament to how immigration is barging its way up the political agenda. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Impact of Trump's immigration vision comes into focus in Washington," 14 June 2018 Thirty-nine years after the Soviet Union barged into Afghanistan, there’s now definitive proof that some good came out of the invasion. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, "War Brought Cricket to Afghanistan," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of barge

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1649, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for barge

Noun

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

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barge

noun

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

barge

verb

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

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

barge

noun
\ ˈbärj \

Kids Definition of barge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

barge

verb
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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