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barge

[bahrj] /bɑrdʒ/
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,
  1. Also, barge in on. to force oneself upon, especially rudely; interfere in:
    to barge into a conversation.
  2. to bump into; collide with:
    He started to run away and barged into a passer-by.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Middle French, perhaps < Latin *bārica; see bark3
Can be confused
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Examples from the web for barges
  • Some were evacuated on barges, a few in helicopters, to a barren but dry refugee camp in the desert.
  • In some places, ferries and barges may provide the only mode of transportation.
  • Adults can easily hitch a ride on the bottom of boat hulls or on barges.
  • The dismantled cars were dumped from barges, where they sank to the ocean floor.
  • Nowadays, tour boats, canoes and kayaks have replaced the traditional packet boats and barges.
  • You'll find everything from small skiffs to larger barges and pontoon tour boats.
  • Keep an eye on the river to spot barges, kayakers and the beautiful swans that travel up and down the river.
  • Lorries and river barges use diesel, a source of particulates.
  • barges and tankers are another alternative, as are adjustments to existing pipeline infrastructure.
  • She bundles up in a green pile coat and barges down the road.
British Dictionary definitions for barges

barge

/bɑːdʒ/
noun
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.
(Austral, informal) a heavy or cumbersome surfboard
verb
6.
(informal) (intransitive) foll by into. to bump (into)
7.
(transitive) (informal) to push (someone or one's way) violently
8.
(intransitive; foll by into or in) (informal) to interrupt rudely or clumsily: to barge into a conversation
9.
(transitive) (sailing) to bear down on (another boat or boats) at the start of a race
10.
(transitive) to transport by barge
11.
(intransitive) (informal) to move slowly or clumsily
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from Medieval Latin barga, probably from Late Latin barca a small boat; see barque
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Word Origin and History for barges

barge

n.

c.1300, "small seagoing vessel with sails," from Old French barge, Old Provençal barca, from Medieval Latin barga, perhaps from Celtic, or perhaps from Latin *barica, from Greek baris "Egyptian boat," from Coptic bari "small boat." Meaning "flat-bottomed freight boat" dates from late 15c.

v.

"to journey by barge," 1590s, from barge (n.). The form barge into and the sense "crash heavily into," in reference to the rough handling of barges, dates from 1830s, American English. Related: Barged; barging.

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