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

Here, yachts pull up to Shelly Bay while attendees float on colorful rafts near a barge blasting soca music in the middle of a crystal clear ocean. Kristin Braswell, Vogue, "The Caribbean Carnivals You Don’t Want to Miss This Summer," 24 June 2018 So called because it was planted near a spot where a barge full of corn had gone down, decades in the past. Earl Swift, Outside Online, "The Incredible True Story of the Henrietta C.," 20 June 2018 Worse yet, LeBron isn’t likely to have made up his mind by draft day (June 21), leaving the future blueprint about as secure as a barge adrift. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "Who will challenge the Warriors next season? Let the LeBron free agency watch begin," 9 June 2018 The town, which is also named as a necessary party in the lawsuit, owns the land along the bay that the barges would need to access. Katie Honan, WSJ, "Lawsuit Says Cleanup of Recycling Plant Threatens $1 Billion Worth of Sony Pictures Films," 30 Dec. 2018 So his circus cronies barge into a fancy party, with the Bearded Lady belting this song. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show sells a fantasy of empowerment. I sorta believed it.," 3 Dec. 2018 The wooden steam barge sank during an 1899 nor’easter. Fox News, "Mysterious shipwreck reveals its secrets: Wreck may be Lake Erie’s oldest," 15 Oct. 2018 The plan was to scrap the ship and remove the reactors, transporting them by barge from Puget Sound Naval Base down the Washington Coast and up the Columbia River, then trucking them to the Department of Energy’s Hanford Site for permanent storage. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy Is Having a Hell of a Time Dismantling the USS Enterprise," 9 Aug. 2018 Crawdads, Virgin Sturgeon and Alamar are actual barges floating on the river and moored to pilings. Allen Pierleoni, sacbee, "Where to go for fun and food along Sacramento's Garden Highway," 18 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That’s when Cosby tried to barge into the car, police said. Gal Tziperman Lotan, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Man accused in shooting outside West Colonial Drive Wawa," 7 July 2018 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

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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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