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dredge

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verb \ˈdrej\

Definition of dredge

dredged

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dredging

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to dig, gather, or pull out with or as if with a dredge (see 2dredge) <dredging oysters in the bay> —often used with up <dredge up silt from the canal bottom>b civil engineering :  to deepen (as 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 2dredge 2)

  3. 2 :  to bring to light by deep searching —often used with up <dredging up memories>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to use a dredge <dredging for oysters>

  6. 2 :  to search deeply

dredger

noun

Origin and Etymology of dredge

see 2dredge


First Known Use: 1508


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dredge

noun

Definition of dredge

  1. 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. 2 civil engineering :  a machine for removing earth usually by buckets on an endless chain or a suction tube

  3. 3 nautical :  a barge used in dredging

Origin and Etymology of dredge

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


First Known Use: 1602

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dredge

verb

Definition of dredge

dredged

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dredging

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

dredger

noun

Origin and Etymology of dredge

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


First Known Use: 1596



DREDGE Defined for Kids

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dredge

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verb \ˈdrej\

Definition of dredge for Students

dredged

dredging

  1. :  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>

dredger

noun

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dredge

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noun

Definition of dredge for Students

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

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

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



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