dredge

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

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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Other Words from dredge

Verb (1)

dredger \ ˈdre-​jər How to pronounce dredger (audio) \ noun

Verb (2)

dredger noun

Examples of dredge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Communities pay millions to have sand dumped from the ocean, where it is dredged, onto the beach. John Christopher Fine, sun-sentinel.com, "Rejoice as turtles make their return | Opinion," 15 Aug. 2019 The lake was dredged and the water filtered and cleaned before it was returned to the lake. San Francisco Chronicle, "Presidio at 25: Time moves backward as restoration sites regain their original habitat," 7 Jan. 2017 Firms like InstantCheckMate, Truthfinder or SentryLink can dredge up records quickly. The Economist, "Why states are rushing to seal tens of millions of old criminal records," 14 Nov. 2019 But every proceeding in the case dredges up memories. Tribune Media Services, al, "Alabama man accused of sexually abusing 17 Georgia boarding school students," 12 Nov. 2019 The Army Corps of Engineers, working by the direction of FEMA, dredged 497,400 cubic yards of debris from the mouth bar. Savannah Mehrtens, Houston Chronicle, "Houston files application to finish dredging Kingwood mouth bar," 12 Nov. 2019 Over a century ago, the 80-foot-long scow was dredging for a tugboat along the Niagara River, upstream from Niagara Falls. Christina Goldbaum, New York Times, "Boat Stuck at Niagara Falls Moves for First Time Since 1918," 5 Nov. 2019 The very word dredges up one of the ugliest moments in our history when black men — and women — were hanged by white authorities to intimidate citizens who only wanted to vote, run businesses and own their own land. Leonard Greene, Twin Cities, "Leonard Greene: Political ‘victims’ who create their own problems need to stop saying they were ‘lynched’ and find a different word," 31 Oct. 2019 For weeks afterward, the dead were dredged from the mud. Washington Post, "Brazilian police file first criminal charges over deadly dam collapse," 21 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Suction dredge miners use an underwater hose to suck up gravel and sort it for gold in a sluice box mounted on a watercraft. Keith Ridler, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Judge: Lawsuit can proceed against suction-dredge miner," 1 Oct. 2019 Most are still harvested the way oysters are on Mr. Jurisich’s leases: by fishers using chain-pulley dredges, tongs or their bare hands to pull oysters from shallow waters. Brett Anderson, New York Times, "Gulf Oysters Are Dying, Putting a Southern Tradition at Risk," 12 Nov. 2019 Remove the oysters from the buttermilk and place them in the cornmeal dredge. CBS News, "The Dish: Chef Whitney Otawka of Greyfield Inn," 2 Nov. 2019 And in mid-September, a combined force from FUNAI, IBAMA, and the federal police destroyed nearly 60 gold dredges operating illegally on the Jutai River, on the eastern flank of Javari reserve. Scott Wallace, National Geographic, "Murder in the Amazon heightens fears for isolated tribes," 27 Sep. 2019 The singer, actress, entrepreneur, and mother has managed to dodge the dredges of irrelevancy by reinventing herself as the times change. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Jennifer Lopez Says Warren Buffett Sparked Inspiration For Her New Fragrance," 27 Sep. 2019 Working with 1 piece at a time, dredge in flour mixture, shaking off excess, then dip in buttermilk mixture, letting excess drip back into bowl. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "Get Cooking: Colombian exchange — the chicken," 25 Sep. 2019 Small suction dredges continue to operate just offshore. Anchorage Daily News, "As Bering Sea ice melts, Alaskans, scientists and Seattle’s fishing fleet witness changes ‘on a massive scale’," 17 Sep. 2019 Small suction dredges continue to operate just offshore. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "As Bering Sea ice melts, Alaskans, scientists and Seattle’s fishing fleet witness changes ‘on a massive scale’," 15 Sep. 2019

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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

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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4 Dec 2019

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“Dredge.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dredger?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=d&file=dredg01ld. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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dredge

verb
\ 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

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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