barge

[bahrj]
noun
1.
a capacious, flat-bottomed vessel, usually intended to be pushed or towed, for transporting freight or passengers; lighter.
2.
a vessel of state used in pageants: elegantly decorated barges on the Grand Canal in Venice.
3.
Navy. a boat reserved for a flag officer.
4.
a boat that is heavier and wider than a shell, often used in racing as a training boat.
5.
New England (chiefly Older Use) . a large, horse-drawn coach or, sometimes, a bus.
verb (used without object), barged, barging.
6.
to move clumsily; bump into things; collide: to barge through a crowd.
7.
to move in the slow, heavy manner of a barge.
verb (used with object), barged, barging.
8.
to carry or transport by barge: Coal and ore had been barged down the Ohio to the Mississippi.
Verb phrases
9.
barge in, to intrude, especially rudely: I hated to barge in without an invitation.
10.
barge into,
a.
Also, barge in on. to force oneself upon, especially rudely; interfere in: to barge into a conversation.
b.
to bump into; collide with: He started to run away and barged into a passer-by.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English < Middle French, perhaps < Latin *bārica; see bark3

barge, boat, canoe, cruise ship, sailboat, ship, yacht.
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barge (bɑːdʒ)
 
n
1.  a vessel, usually flat-bottomed and with or without its own power, used for transporting freight, esp on canals
2.  a vessel, often decorated, used in pageants, for state occasions, etc
3.  navy a boat allocated to a flag officer, used esp for ceremonial occasions and often carried on board his flagship
4.  jocular, derogatory any vessel, esp an old or clumsy one
5.  informal (Austral) a heavy or cumbersome surfboard
 
vb (foll by into)
6.  informal to bump (into)
7.  informal (tr) to push (someone or one's way) violently
8.  informal (intr; foll by into or in) to interrupt rudely or clumsily: to barge into a conversation
9.  (tr) sailing to bear down on (another boat or boats) at the start of a race
10.  (tr) to transport by barge
11.  informal (intr) to move slowly or clumsily
 
[C13: from Old French, from Medieval Latin barga, probably from Late Latin barca a small boat; see barque]

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barge
c.1300, "small seagoing vessel with sails," from O.Fr. barge, O.Prov. barca, from M.L. barga, from L. *barica, from Gk. baris "Egyptian boat," from Coptic bari "small boat." Meaning "flat-bottomed freight boat" dates from late 15c. The verb form barge into dates from 1830s, Amer.Eng.
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