noun (1)
dredg·​er | \ ˈdre-jər How to pronounce dredger (audio) \
plural dredgers

Definition of dredger

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something (such as a barge or a machine) that is used for dredging : dredge entry 2 The groups blame the use of the "Newhaven" scallop dredger, common since the 1970s, for deeper and more damaging fishing practices than ever before.— Tony Diver Why buy expensive sand, sourced from licensed mines, when you can anchor your dredger in some remote estuary, blast the sand out of the riverbed with a water jet and suck it up?— Neil Tweedie


noun (2)
plural dredgers

Definition of dredger (Entry 2 of 2)

: a container with a perforated top that is used to coat food (as with flour or sugar) by sprinkling While still warm, shake over some sugar from a dredger, then cut into squares or fingers.— Maxine Gordon

First Known Use of dredger

Noun (1)

1600, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1666, in the meaning defined above

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“Dredger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dredger. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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