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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 Hensley said there was one person on the barge and one person on one of the boats, but neither was injured. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Barge hits marina, sets boats adrift in Ohio River," 2 Oct. 2019 Fact: To transport energy without the pipeline would require tens of thousands more rail cars and trucks as well as oil-carrying barges and tankers on the Great Lakes. Chris Ventura, Detroit Free Press, "Voters seek more information from state attorney general about Line 5 project," 3 Sep. 2019 All groceries and vehicles arrive by plane or barge, and trailer-sized shipping containers in primary colors dot the yards. Kyle Hopkins, ProPublica, "The Village Where Every Cop Has Been Convicted of Domestic Violence," 18 July 2019 About 180 miles from Lake Itasca, the river here runs into its first major barrier — a 49-foot-tall dam that regulates the river’s depth and speed, permitting year-round barge and ship traffic. Tristan Baurick,, "Creating a waterborne interstate for commerce: The River’s Revenge," 15 June 2019 The San Jacinto River, a waterway leading into the ship channel and located north of ITC’s facility, was reopened to barge and tow traffic but only for about three hours on Monday. Juan A. Lozano, The Seattle Times, "Environmental, economic damage a concern now that fire out," 26 Mar. 2019 Smash and grab As barges and trucks arrive at the facility, the material (often still in its clear bags) is dumped as a single stream onto a large conveyor. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Bikes, bowling balls, and the delicate balancing act that is modern recycling," 31 Dec. 2018 What's the difference between a floating home, house barge and a houseboat? Janet Eastman,, "On the market: $1 million floating homes that will blow you away (photos)," 31 Mar. 2018 The towing vessel, named the Dale Artigue, operated by Florida Marine Transport was pushing 15 loaded barges and was undamaged in the crash. Cameron Knight,, "Coast Guard: Barge worker asleep at the controls caused Ludlow Bromley Yacht Club collision," 12 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Constantine plans to truck copper and zinc concentrates to the Haines port, where the material would be barged about 15 miles to the deepwater ore terminal in nearby Skagway, which is owned by the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority. Author: Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Southeast Alaska metals prospect has major potential, developers say," 14 June 2019 The chief barged into the police interrogation room where the man, handcuffed to the floor, called him a pervert. New York Times, "Scandal Began With Sex Toys. Now Ex-D.A. Is Convicted on Long Island.," 17 Dec. 2019 He's already barged into the campaign, slamming Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and buddying up with Brexit Party boss Nigel Farage — a constant thorn in Johnson's right side. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "The most powerful destabilizing force facing NATO today," 3 Dec. 2019 Republicans barged en masse into a secure hearing-room to highlight their objection to holding hearings behind closed doors, though that has long been a mainstay of congressional oversight. The Economist, "The Ukraine affair The new politics of Donald Trump’s impeachment," 10 Nov. 2019 According to reports, gunmen first barged into an apartment two doors down from Herring’s and held a woman and her 10-year-old child at gunpoint. oregonlive, "Portland man sentenced for his role in gang shooting that killed a pregnant woman," 12 Oct. 2019 Which leads me to this unfortunate thought: Has there ever been a worse time in British history for Downton to barge its way in with its betweeded elbows, kind hearts, and coronets? Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Downton, Downton, Revolution," 16 Sep. 2019 The woman barged into the aisle and demanded the man in front of her move immediately. Anchorage Daily News, "The completely correct guide to getting off a plane," 24 Sep. 2019 The woman barged into the aisle and demanded the man in front of her move immediately. Natalie B. Compton, The Know, "The completely correct guide to getting off a plane," 22 Sep. 2019

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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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“Barge.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 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


\ ˈbärj How to pronounce barge (audio) \

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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