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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 The 1906-era mercantile building was transported by barge from the seaside village of Oyster in 2015, and now overlooks the Cape Charles Yacht Center. Erica Jackson Curran,, "On the Eastern Shore, Virginia’s Cape Charles is in the midst of a small-town renaissance," 20 Aug. 2019 This year’s show highlights classic American cinema with a fan-favorite film score and dazzling displays from the Brooklyn Bridge and four barges positioned on the lower East River along the shores of Pier 17 at the Seaport District. Leada Gore |,, "Macy’s 4th of July fireworks 2019: Livestream from New York City," 4 July 2019 Seven of those barges, loaded with coal, sunk into the river. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "What caused the Ohio River barge crash last Christmas? Coast Guard reveals findings," 6 Sep. 2019 The annual floating festival of boats and barges draws hundreds of people each summer to a remote estuary in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Gregory Thomas,, "‘Facebook-topia’: Why we may soon live on corporate island-nations," 29 Aug. 2019 That includes the construction of a new lock that can handle the largest shipping barges, a potential economic boon to the area, the gateway to the Great Lakes for shipping., "Ethanol stays king in Iowa as Texan presidential hopefuls lack a plan: The Flyover," 27 Aug. 2019 Not quite a ship but certainly more expansive than an average barge, the Lomonosov measures about 1,548 feet in length with a width of 98 feet and displacement of 21,500 tons. NBC News, "Russia's 'floating Chernobyl' nuclear plant begins voyage north," 23 Aug. 2019 The other option is trapping the fish and hauling them upstream via barges, trucks or sometimes helicopters, an expensive and resource intensive solution that often leaves fish disoriented. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Here’s How That Internet-Famous ‘Fish Tube’ Works," 15 Aug. 2019 Inspectors were looking for parked barges, stuck debris, or other potential trouble, such as tire ruts or damage from feral hogs on grassy surfaces. Jeff Martin,, "Flooded Mississippi River a threat as hurricane season heats up," 14 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As the Chelsea defender barged Lingard off the ball, and, in his eyes, was wrongly penalised for it, Matic elected to grab Rudiger with both hands in an attempt to reason; something the German was not too keen on., "Manchester United Fans Praise Scott McTominay Following One Particular Aspect of Mature Display," 26 Feb. 2018 Government cadres have barged into our home without a warrant on various occasions. Allison Klein, Washington Post, "This Ethiopian runner was an Olympic hopeful — before he was tortured and fled. Today, he reunited with his family in the U.S.," 14 Feb. 2018 At one point, his movement put him in the path of NASCAR driver Kyle Larson, who was also barging his way up the pack after starting 12th. Tyler Kraft, Indianapolis Star, "With Bryan Clauson in mind, Zeb Wise wins the second BC 39," 6 Sep. 2019 The new charges are connected to testimony expected from actress Annabella Sciorra, who claims Weinstein barged into her Manhattan apartment and raped her in 1993. NBC News, "Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty to two new charges of predatory sexual assault," 26 Aug. 2019 Jake Patterson barged into the home on October 15, shot both of Jayme's parents and then held the teen captive for 88 days. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "The home where Jayme Closs was kidnapped and her parents were killed has been demolished," 7 Aug. 2019 His reward was to seal the win with a late penalty after Everton had been barged over. Jonathan Wilson,, "Brazil Shows Character, Quality in Winning Copa America, Restoring Faith," 7 July 2019 But Franck Kessie converted a penalty 11 minutes from time after Mateo Musacchio had been barged over by Lazio defender Riza Durmisi. Daniella Matar, The Seattle Times, "Juventus’ bid for 8th straight Serie A title delayed by Spal," 13 Apr. 2019 Around 4pm, however, as protesters barged their way past police lines into the Legco building, police lost their patience. The Economist, "“They chose to come and fight for the freedom of Hong Kong”," 12 June 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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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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