dredge
I. verb (dredged; dredging) Date: 1508 transitive verb 1. a. to dig, gather, or pull out with or as if with a dredge — often used with up b. to deepen (as a waterway) with a dredging machine 2. to bring to light by deep searching — often used with up <
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intransitive verb 1. to use a dredge 2. to search deeply • dredger noun II. noun Etymology: perhaps from Old English *drecge; akin to Old English dræge dragnet, dragan to draw Date: 1602 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. a machine for removing earth usually by buckets on an endless chain or a suction tube 3. a barge used in dredging III. transitive verb (dredged; dredging) Etymology: 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 Date: 1596 to coat (food) by sprinkling (as with flour) • dredger noun

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  • dredge — dredge1 [drej] n. [prob. < MDu dregge, akin to DRAG] 1. 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. 2. an apparatus for scooping or sucking… …   English World dictionary

  • dredge — [dredʒ] v [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: Perhaps from Old English dragan to pull ] 1.) [I and T] to remove mud or sand from the bottom of a river, ↑harbour etc, or to search for something by doing this ▪ They were dredging for oysters. 2.) [T + with]… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • dredge — ► VERB 1) clean out the bed of (a harbour, river, etc.) with a dredge. 2) bring up or remove with a dredge. 3) (dredge up) bring (something unwelcome and forgotten) to people s attention. ► NOUN ▪ an apparatus for bringing up objects or mud from… …   English terms dictionary

  • Dredge — (dr[e^]j), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dredged} (dr[e^]jd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Dredging}.] To catch or gather with a dredge; to deepen with a dredging machine. R. Carew. [1913 Webster] {Dredging machine}, a machine (commonly on a boat) used to scoop up… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dredge — Dredge, n. [OE. dragge, F. drag[ e]e, dredge, also, sugar plum; cf. Prov. dragea, It. treggea; corrupted fr. LL. tragemata, pl., sweetmeats, Gr. tragh mata, fr. trw gein to gnaw.] A mixture of oats and barley. [Obs.] Kersey. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dredge — (drɛdʒ) ist ein aus dem Englischen stammender Begriff für: ein über den Boden von Gewässern gezogenes Schleppnetz zur Probenentnahme, siehe Dredge (Schleppnetz) das Ausbaggern oder Absaugen von Material aus dem Gewässergrund, z. B. zum… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Dredge — Dredge, v. t. To sift or sprinkle flour, etc., on, as on roasting meat. Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] {Dredging box}. (a) Same as 2d {Dredger}. (b) (Gun.) A copper box with a perforated lid; used for sprinkling meal powder over shell fuses. Farrow.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dredge — (dr[e^]j), n. [F. dr[ e]ge, dreige, fish net, from a word akin to E. draw; cf. D. dreg, dregge, small anchor, dregnet dragnet. [root]73. See {Draw}.] 1. Any instrument used to gather or take by dragging; as: (a) A dragnet for taking up oysters,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dredge — dredge; dredge·man; …   English syllables

  • Dredge — Dredge, so v.w. Schleppnetz …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Dredge — (engl., spr. dreddsch), Grundnetz; s. Tiefseeforschung …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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