dredge

verb (1)
\ˈdrej \
dredged; dredging

Definition of dredge 

(Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to dig, gather, or pull out with or as if with a dredge (see dredge entry 2) dredging oysters in the bay often used with up dredge up silt from the canal bottom

b civil engineering : to deepen (a waterway) with a machine that removes earth usually by buckets on an endless chain or a suction tube : to deepen with a dredge (see dredge entry 2 sense 2)

2 : to bring to light by deep searching often used with up dredging up memories

intransitive verb

1 : to use a dredge dredging for oysters

2 : to search deeply

dredge

noun

Definition of dredge (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : an apparatus usually in the form of an oblong iron frame with an attached bag net used especially for gathering fish and shellfish

2 civil engineering : a machine for removing earth usually by buckets on an endless chain or a suction tube

3 nautical : a barge used in dredging

dredge

verb (2)
dredged; dredging

Definition of dredge (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to coat by sprinkling (as with flour) dredge the chicken in flour The fish is dredged with a cornmeal mixture and fried.

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Other Words from dredge

Verb (1)

dredger noun

Verb (2)

dredger noun

Examples of dredge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For many years, Broward County, in which Fort Lauderdale sits, solved its vanishing-beach problem by replacing the sand with grains dredged up from the nearby ocean floor. Vince Beiser, WSJ, "The Battle for Our Beaches," 19 July 2018 Stuck in the muck The Schuylkill was last dredged in 1999 when 30,000 cubic yards of silt was removed over several months. Frank Kummer, Philly.com, "Clogged with muck, shallow Schuylkill is putting rowing, regattas at risk," 13 Apr. 2018 Oceanside city officials were disappointed by the failure to dredge this year as much as anyone. Phil Diehl, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Sand buildup at Oceanside harbor beginning to cause problems for boats," 24 June 2018 The main causes of the collapse can be seen floating in many places on the Tien’s murky waters: dredging boats, using rackety pumps to raise from the river bed enormous quantities of sand. Vince Beiser, National Geographic, "Dramatic Photos Show How Sand Mining Threatens a Way of Life in Southeast Asia," 15 Mar. 2018 The 2019 plan includes $289 million, or 51 percent, for construction costs for 21 projects, including $111 million for marsh or coastal ridge creation using sediment dredged from the Mississippi River or elsewhere. Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com, "Louisiana Senate approves $566 million annual plan for coastal restoration, hurricane protection," 11 May 2018 Friends from second grade with names long since forgotten, dredged up on some internal hard drive with names and faces completely intact. Annabelle Dunne, Vogue, "I Took 30 Days Off From My Job, Family, and Cell Phone—Here’s What Happened," 17 June 2018 Onboard our research vessel, the RV Sally Ride, are eight containers, each as large as a compact car, filled with sediment dredged from the deep Pacific Ocean floor. Thomas Peacock, Scientific American, "The Race Is on to Mine and Protect the Deep Seafloor," 30 Apr. 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

PortMiami's first dredge began in 1993, when it was deepened to 42 feet. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "Despite recent dredge, PortMiami still can't fit some large ships. New project in the works," 8 July 2018 Hennig, of 25 Baker Street, an engineer aboard a dredge anchored off Hunters Point, was shot when military guards and other officials at the naval installation sought to have lights aboard the craft turned out. Johnny Miller, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF police officer shot to death in gunbattle in 1968," 14 June 2018 Waterlogged soils had to be restrained from back-sliding into the pit, and ancient cypress logs would jam suction dredges and delay work. Richard Campanella, NOLA.com, "The radical idea of connecting the river to the lake: Industrial Canal was an engineering marvel," 9 Jan. 2018 The problem with the dredge completed in 2015: timing, said Port Director Juan Kuryla. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "Despite recent dredge, PortMiami still can't fit some large ships. New project in the works," 8 July 2018 The pulse of that year’s song of the summer will course its way to you as quickly as the humidity assails those of us in the swampy dredges of New York. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Cardi B’s ‘I Like It’ Is the Song of the Summer," 29 May 2018 Remove tomato slices from buttermilk and dredge in cornmeal mixture. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Hoppin John’s Fried Green Tomatoes with Dixie Sauce," 23 May 2018 Webb says great care is being taken not to disturb the area, including not using suction dredge to remove the sand. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Divers prove wreck off NC is ship that vanished in 1838 with Southeast's wealthiest | Charlotte Observer," 9 May 2018 One at a time, dredge cutlets in flour, shake off excess, then dip in egg, turning to coat, and allow excess to drip off. Sarah Karnasiewicz, WSJ, "Why Cutlets Are What Everyone Wants for Dinner," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of dredge

Verb (1)

1508, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1596, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dredge

Verb (1)

see dredge entry 2

Noun

perhaps from Old English *drecge; akin to Old English dræge dragnet, dragan to draw

Verb (2)

obsolete dredge, noun, sweetmeat, from Middle English drage, drege, from Anglo-French dragee, modification of Latin tragemata sweetmeats, from Greek tragēmata, plural of tragēma sweetmeat, from trōgein to gnaw

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dredge

verb
\ˈdrej \
dredged; dredging

Kids Definition of dredge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to dig or gather with or as if with a device dragged along the bottom of a body of water dredged the river dredging for oysters

Other Words from dredge

dredger noun

dredge

noun

Kids Definition of dredge (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a heavy iron frame with a net attached to be dragged along the bottom of a body of water

2 : a machine or boat used in dragging along the bottom of a body of water

3 : a machine for removing earth usually by buckets on an endless chain or by a suction tube

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