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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Synonyms & Antonyms for barge

Synonyms: Verb

clump, flog [British], flounder, galumph, lumber, lump, plod, pound, scuff, scuffle, shamble, shuffle, slog, slough, stamp, stomp, stumble, stump, tramp, tromp, trudge

Antonyms: Verb

breeze, coast, glide, slide, waltz, whisk

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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

He was tightly marked by left-back Diego Laxalt and was criticised for an overly dramatic reaction to a barge from wily veteran Cristian Rodriguez. SI.com, "Didier Deschamps Warns Rivals That France Still Have Room to Improve After Dispatching Uruguay," 7 July 2018 Pyrotechnician Gary Louderback surveys his palletized mortars on a barge in Seattle. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "O say can you see? The science behind the booms and blooms of Independence Day fireworks," 3 July 2018 The celebration ended with a fireworks show, with fireworks shot from a barge in the river. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Havre de Grace Independence Parade steps out on Union Ave.," 2 July 2018 Fireworks launch from barges in the water and off the Municipal Pier, north of Pier 39 in the Fisherman’s Wharf district. Jenna Scherer, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best 4th of July Fireworks in the USA," 27 June 2018 This year's Macy’s Fourth of July extravaganza will be happening on five barges stationed along the East River, clustered between Houston and East 41st Streets, according to Macy's fireworks guide. refinery29.com, "Here Are The Best Places To Watch The Fireworks In NYC This Fourth Of July," 25 June 2018 Thousands of miles of canals have been dredged through bayou waters to support oil and industry barges and pipelines. Gena Somra, CNN, "Louisiana's shrinking marshes signal the loss of a way of life," 6 June 2018 See downtown San Antonio by double decker bus, by River Walk barge or by both, with tour packages that include the Alamo, Tower of the Americas and many more points of interest in between Pearl and Blue Star Arts Complex. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, "Take a walk or other vehicular tour of San Antonio," 4 June 2018 Mbandaka is an hour’s flight from Kinshasa and several days’ travel by barge. Time, "Congo Confirms Six New Ebola Virus Cases as Vaccination Efforts Get Underway," 23 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Jones was shot in the face by Waire after Waire and Kennedy barged into the 19-year-old’s off-campus apartment demanding marijuana and money, witnesses testified, according to WZZM13. Harriet Sokmensuer, PEOPLE.com, "Teen's Murder Is So Devastating that Mom Says 'I Find it Hard to Breathe' — as Killer Is Sentenced," 26 June 2018 In July 2002, Hogan reported to authorities that Rita had barged into her Evergreen Park home, pulled her to the floor and threatened to rape her. Stacy St. Clair, chicagotribune.com, "Michael Madigan wouldn't intervene in domestic battery case involving Democratic candidate, woman says," 9 Mar. 2018 That group was performing at a club in Columbus, Ohio, on Dec. 8, 2004, when a disaffected 25-year-old fan barged onstage with a handgun. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Vinnie Paul, hard-hitting drummer for heavy metal band Pantera, dies at 54," 23 June 2018 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

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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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More Definitions for barge

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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