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dredge

verb \ ˈdrej \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of dredge

dredged; dredging
transitive verb
1 a :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 (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)
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

dredger

noun

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Origin and Etymology of dredge


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dredge

noun

Definition of dredge

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

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Origin and Etymology of dredge

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

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dredge

verb

Definition of dredge

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

dredger

noun

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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



DREDGE Defined for Kids

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dredge

verb \ ˈdrej \

Definition of dredge for Students

dredged; dredging
: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

noun

Definition of dredge for Students

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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