barge

noun
\ 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

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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms & Antonyms for barge

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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 The Snake River winds through 5 million acres of farmland in Southeast Washington alone, and 10% of the entire country’s wheat crop is sent on a barge down the Snake River. Alyssa Pone, ABC News, "Snake River is most endangered in the country: Inside the fight to save it," 26 Apr. 2021 The migrant wreck will be placed on a massive platform barge and inside a refrigerated tent to try to preserve the cold conditions offered by the deep sea. Barbie Latza Nadeau, Scientific American, "700 Drowned Migrants to Be Recovered from Sunken Smuggler Ship," 13 May 2016 Life aboard the International Space Station Relatively calm seas and winds are required for a safe splashdown and for successful recovery of the Falcon 9's first stage on a barge-like droneship. William Harwood, CBS News, "SpaceX Crew Dragon launch to space station delayed to Friday by weather," 21 Apr. 2021 The barge trip will take six days through the Gulf of Mexico. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "Final puzzle piece for Artemis I rocket set for trip to Kennedy Space Center," 21 Apr. 2021 The city’s many over-the-top celebrations were celebrated outside his window, right where the canal widens enough for floating caravans of barge-boozing and reveling. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Stocks up, crypto down—Bitcoin’s weekend sell-off rattles the markets," 19 Apr. 2021 Before the latest section was loaded onto a barge Tuesday, only the two ends of the ship had been removed. Russ Bynum, Star Tribune, "Crews remove 3rd giant chunk of shipwreck off Georgia coast," 16 Mar. 2021 Once sealed, the cylinder can float on its own for several months, even years, before it is lifted onto a barge and sent to a long-term storage facility. Cory Graff, Popular Mechanics, "The Terrifying History of Russia’s Nuclear Submarine Graveyard," 17 Jan. 2021 Kong’s journey, on a colossal barge tugged by an aircraft carrier and supported by a whole fleet, exists only as a pretext for the first fight scene between the ape and the reptile. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Godzilla vs. Kong,” Reviewed: A Monster Mush of Two Venerable Franchises," 2 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Officials have identified a third victim from a boat and barge crash this month that left four injured and three dead. Ayana Archie, The Courier-Journal, "Third victim in Ohio River boat and barge crash is identified," 26 Apr. 2021 In an august, London-like city, Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) is conveniently standing on high, on the outstretched arm of a rooftop statue, when a psychopathic gunman and his henchmen barge into a museum and hold schoolchildren hostage. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Zack Snyder’s Justice League,” Reviewed: A Super-Slog of a Superhero Superspectacle," 18 Mar. 2021 Nine body cameras are rolling as the officers use a battering ram to break open her door and barge into her home, guns drawn. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, "Chicago lawyers attempted to block release of video showing police handcuffing innocent, naked woman," 16 Dec. 2020 The young Wests barge in while their mom tries to film makeup tutorials, and Kim’s patience runs thin. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "How COVID-19 Dethroned the Kardashians," 17 Nov. 2020 Up to that point, police officers could and did literally barge into a private residence and arrest a couple for sharing an intimate moment. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Commentary: LGBTQ people are terrified for our future but committed to fighting injustice," 29 Oct. 2020 Once complete, the core stage will make its way by the Pegasus barge to Kennedy Space Center where it will be assembled with the boosters and Orion capsule as well as the Interim Cryogenic Upper Stage. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "Booster test lights up desert as SLS progress continues for NASA Artemis missions," 3 Sep. 2020 The sudden demand seemed to catch Zoom off guard initially, leaving its service vulnerable to hackers and mischief makers who exploited security weaknesses to barge into or snoop on meetings. Michael Liedtke, chicagotribune.com, "You know who’s had a good pandemic quarantine? Zoom.," 1 Sep. 2020 The sudden demand seemed to catch Zoom off guard initially, leaving its service vulnerable to hackers and mischief makers who exploited security weaknesses to barge into or snoop on meetings. CBS News, "Zoom's earnings soar nearly 3300% in second quarter," 1 Sep. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'barge.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about barge

Time Traveler for barge

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for barge

Last Updated

6 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Barge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barge. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

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 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

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.

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on barge

What made you want to look up barge? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Star Wars Words Quiz

  • cu jedi training
  • The bounty portion of bounty hunters (such as Boba Fett) comes from a Latin word meaning
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!