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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Verb (1)

dredger noun

Verb (2)

dredger noun

Examples of dredge in a Sentence

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Another strategy is the emergency dredging where bids will be open on June 9. Kaila Contreras, Houston Chronicle, "SJRA begins gradual process of lowering pooling level at Lake Conroe," 8 June 2018 There are plans to dredge a channel so the harbor can accommodate more container ships – a move that could boost Colombia’s economy. Elizabeth Svoboda, The Christian Science Monitor, "How a global crusade is working to save the improbable reef of Cartagena," 4 June 2018 The problem is that U.S. dredging companies simply aren’t capable of meeting demand. Nancy Mclernon, WSJ, "Protecting U.S. Dredgers Kills Jobs," 16 Apr. 2018 Take as an example money for the Army Corps of Engineers to dredge waterways so water flows or harbors stay navigable and free of debris or sediment. Stephen Koff, cleveland.com, "If your mortgage was underwater in 2017, Congress may have just provided help: a Q&A on the big budget bill," 9 Feb. 2018 The $205 million project, which began dredging in 2013, was based on a study completed in 2004 and authorized by Congress in 2007. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "Despite recent dredge, PortMiami still can't fit some large ships. New project in the works," 8 July 2018 Its then ruler, Sheikh Rashid, took a loan from Kuwait to dredge the creek and create a port. The Economist, "Do buyHow Dubai became a model for free trade, openness and ambition," 21 June 2018 Looking ahead, the MRBA is awaiting a new study by the Army Corp of Engineers that examines the possibility of dredging sand from the Merrimack River and using it to build up beaches affected by erosion, Tarr said. Linda Greenstein, BostonGlobe.com, "On Plum Island, another fight against the tide," 19 Apr. 2018 Beach restoration projects sometimes use sand from construction projects or dredged from nearby offshore deposits. Phil Diehl, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Sand replenishment begins at Cardiff State Beach," 4 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 For a thin crust: If chicken is brined, remove from brine, dredge in flour and fry. Ann Maloney, NOLA.com, "Fry chicken at home, or buy it at restaurants? That is the question," 17 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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