- The definition of dredge is something that can dig or scoop things at the bottom of a body of water.
- An example of a dredge is a net that scoops scallops out of a bay.
- An example of a dredge is a machine that removes sand from a lake bottom.
- To dredge is defined as to search for or clear out something by digging.
- An example of dredge is to look in a river for a lost car at the bottom.
- An example of dredge is to dig sand up from a lake to make a channel for boats.
- In cooking, to dredge is defined as coating something with a dry ingredient.
An example of dredge is to coat it with flour.
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- a device consisting of a net attached to a frame, dragged along the bottom of a river, bay, etc. to gather shellfish, marine plant specimens, etc.
- an apparatus for scooping or sucking up mud, sand, rocks, etc., as in deepening or clearing channels, harbors, etc.
- a barge or other boat equipped with a dredge
Origin: probably ; from Middle Dutch dregge, akin to drag
- to search for or gather (up) with or as with a dredge
- to enlarge or clean out (a river channel, harbor, etc.) with a dredge
- to use a dredge
- to search as with a dredge
- dredger noun
- to coat (food) with flour or the like, as by sprinkling
- to sprinkle (flour, etc.)
Origin: ; from Middle English dragge, sweetmeat ; from Old French dragie ; from Midieval Latin dragium, earlier dragetum ; from Classical Latin tragemata ; from Classical Greek tragēmata, plural of tragēma, dried fruit, dessert ; from trōgein, to gnaw ; from Indo-European an unverified form trog- ; from base an unverified form ter-, to rub: see throw
- dredger noun
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- Any of various machines equipped with scooping or suction devices and used to deepen harbors and waterways and in underwater mining.
- Nautical A boat or barge equipped with a dredge.
- An implement consisting of a net on a frame, used for gathering shellfish.
- To clean, deepen, or widen with a dredge.
- To bring up with a dredge: dredged up the silt.
- To come up with; unearth: dredged up bitter memories.
Origin: Middle English dreg- (in dreg-boat, boat for dredging); akin to Old English dragan, to draw.
transitive verb dredged dredged, dredg·ing, dredg·es
Origin: From obsolete dredge, a sweetmeat, from Middle English dragge, from Old French dragie, alteration of Latin tragēmata, confectionary, from Greek, pl. of tragēma, sweetmeat; see terə-1 in Indo-European roots.