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 updredge 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 updredging up memories

intransitive verb

1 : to use a dredge dredging for oysters
2 : to search deeply



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


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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Examples of dredge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Attagirl’s San Antonio Hot Chicken Sandwich is that steam machine, dredged in masa, fried and dressed out with Mexican hot oil and pickled red jalapeño. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Review: Cullum’s Attagirl a chicken dive with the heart of a craft-driven cafe on San Antonio’s St. Mary’s strip," 27 Feb. 2020 When a channel was finally cut and dredged through to Nantucket Sound in 1887, commercial fishing began to take hold. BostonGlobe.com, "A short documentary exploring climate change on Cape Cod," 26 Sep. 2019 Its island location, created by dredging in the late 1950s, is connected to the rest of San Diego’s Mission Bay area by a pair of bridges beneath Ingraham Street. Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times, "Margaritaville’s growing empire claims Paradise Point in San Diego," 26 July 2019 The fish fry features fish dredged in cornmeal, flour and spices and then cooked in vats of hot oil and served on a slice of white bread with hot sauce. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Democratic candidates pitch South Carolina voters at fish fry," 22 June 2019 Boca Raton and Delray Beach had sand either trucked in or dredged in the past few years. Susannah Bryan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Shrinking beaches pose a dilemma in South Florida," 8 June 2018 The fried chicken is brined in apple cider and dredged in high-protein flour before frying, which gives the meat a touch of sweetness and the craggy crust an extra crackle. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "A Fried Chicken Tasting Tour of Atlanta," 23 May 2018 The Army Corps eventually relented, dredging in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and placing the sediment into dikes. Eric Heisig, cleveland.com, "Ohio, Army Corps settle lawsuit over dredging of Cleveland Harbor," 21 Feb. 2018 Clinton was jeered ahead of the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses in February for dredging up her grudge with Sanders. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "How the Biden campaign can make the pending Hillary Clinton endorsement worth something," 17 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And those two were always on the top of the barrel and Michelle and I were always down in the dredge. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Denise Stapley reveals she almost took out Tony instead of Sandra on Survivor," 14 May 2020 After setting up camp at Five Pound, some of us went across the river to a deposit of dredge spoil on Broughton Island. David Brown, Washington Post, "Georgia’s Sea Islands: A destination worth the paddle," 28 Feb. 2020 Today, explorers use magnetometers that can detect buried metal, sonar devices, hydraulic dredges, and machines called prop-wash deflectors that help blast sand off the ocean floor. Chad Lewis, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Shipwreck Off Florida’s Coast Pits Archaeologists Against Treasure Hunters," 30 Apr. 2017 One end of the cable was hooked up to a loader and the other was attached to the gold dredge Myrtle Irene. Author: Davis Hovey, Anchorage Daily News, "Nome teens sue owner of gold dredge over injuries suffered when pickup struck steel cable stretched across road," 11 Dec. 2019 Working with 1 breast at a time, dredge in egg mixture, letting excess drip off, then coat with panko mixture, pressing gently to adhere. NBC News, "How to make crispy chicken parmesan in your air fryer," 16 Jan. 2020 There’s no dredge, batter, or coating to deal with—just the plantain coins, the oil, and some salt. Carla Lalli Music, Bon Appétit, "Tostones Are the Ultimate NYE Flex," 29 Dec. 2019 Despite competing projects, U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, who chairs the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, praised the new dredge program and tied it immediately to the Port of Mobile project. al, "New dredging program could be boon for Port of Mobile," 21 Dec. 2019 The dredges are homemade and clumsy, as big as houseboats. Nell Zink, Harper's magazine, "The Bird Angle," 28 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of dredge

Verb (1)

1508, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dredge. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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\ 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



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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