dredge

verb (1)
\ ˈdrej How to pronounce dredge (audio) \
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.

Examples of dredge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Staring down the barrel of a $3 million lawsuit, ecology professor Ben Abbott is now turning the legal tables on the company proposing to dredge Utah Lake. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 June 2022 Multiple lawsuits continue to dredge up various scandals from Facebook’s past. Benjamin Wofford, Wired, 10 Mar. 2022 There were also concerns that the project could lead to a vast number of turbines in the lake over time and whether putting turbines in the lake would dredge up potentially toxic material. Peter Krouse, cleveland, 18 Jan. 2022 In a major change along the way, JaxPort developed a funding model that paid to dredge 11 miles of the river from a depth of 40 feet down to 47 feet, rather than going the full 13 miles authorized by Congress. David Bauerlein, Orlando Sentinel, 30 May 2022 Dip fish fillets in the egg, shake off the excess, then dredge in cornmeal. Erin Cavoto, Country Living, 12 May 2022 Sweet turtle thighs, dredge us from the wreck, these years of steady losing. Tishani Doshi, The New Republic, 19 May 2022 Water managers are worried that a plan to dredge Utah Lake could compromise Wasatch Front water-users’ access to drinking water. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Mar. 2022 Dip in milk, then dredge in cornstarch until shrimp is covered. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 14 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun First, Williams spoke on the $5 million lawmakers set aside to dredge and berm Great Salt Lake. Saige Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 June 2022 The annual dredge survey is done in the winter when blue crabs are less active. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, 25 May 2022 The 11-mile dredge was slated to finish at the end of October and wrapped up about six months sooner. David Bauerlein, Orlando Sentinel, 30 May 2022 Transfer the pieces to the flour, and dredge until evenly coated. G. Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, 12 May 2022 Stony dredge sites from early-20th-century gold-mining operations mark the banks in places. Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2022 The giant dredge operated in the Goldstream Valley between 1928 and 1959. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Apr. 2022 After a light flour dredge, the chiles are eased into iron skillets to shallow fry until golden outside and molten inside. Maggie Hennessy, Bon Appétit, 1 Apr. 2022 In 2012 that included the huge cost of bringing to San Diego a dredge large enough for the job from the East Coast, said Shelby Tucker, the project manager for SANDAG. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Mar. 2022 See More

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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

Noun and Verb (1)

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 How to pronounce dredge (audio) \
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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