dredge up


1 [drej]
Also called dredging machine. any of various powerful machines for dredging up or removing earth, as from the bottom of a river, by means of a scoop, a series of buckets, a suction pipe, or the like.
a barge on which such a machine is mounted.
a dragnet or other contrivance for gathering material or objects from the bottom of a river, bay, etc.
verb (used with object), dredged, dredging.
to clear out with a dredge; remove sand, silt, mud, etc., from the bottom of.
to take, catch, or gather with a dredge; obtain or remove by a dredge.
verb (used without object), dredged, dredging.
to use a dredge.
Verb phrases
dredge up,
to unearth or bring to notice: We dredged up some old toys from the bottom of the trunk.
to locate and reveal by painstaking investigation or search: Biographers excel at dredging up little known facts.

1425–75; late Middle English (Scots) dreg-, Old English *drecg(e); see dray, draw

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dredge1 (drɛdʒ)
1.  Also called: dredger a machine, in the form of a bucket ladder, grab, or suction device, used to remove material from a riverbed, channel, etc
2.  another name for dredger
3.  to remove (material) from a riverbed, channel, etc, by means of a dredge
4.  (tr) to search for (a submerged object) with or as if with a dredge; drag
[C16: perhaps ultimately from Old English dragan to draw; see drag]

dredge2 (drɛdʒ)
to sprinkle or coat (food) with flour, sugar, etc
[C16: from Old French dragie, perhaps from Latin tragēmata spices, from Greek]

dredge up
1.  to bring to notice, esp with considerable effort and from an obscure, remote, or unlikely source: to dredge up worthless ideas
2.  to raise with or as if with a dredge: they dredged up the corpse from the lake

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Word Origin & History

late 15c., from Scottish dreg-boat "boat for dredging," or M.Du. dregghe "drag-net," one possibly from the other but hard to tell which came first; probably ultimately from root of drag. The verb is attested from c.1500. Related: Dredged; dredging.
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Bible Dictionary

Dredge definition

(Job 24:6). See CORN.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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