Definition of barge in English:

barge

noun

  • 1A long flat-bottomed boat for carrying freight on canals and rivers, either under its own power or towed by another.

    • ‘During slack water, tugs tow freight barges and rafts of logs through the narrows with scant room to manoeuvre.’
    • ‘Over on the river, flat-bottomed barges being loaded with cargo and refugees headed off down the river.’
    • ‘Now, the barge will ply the canal again, as it once did in the 1940s.’
    • ‘Pupils were treated to a trip to Athy, where they visited the Heritage Centre and had a trip in a barge along the canal.’
    • ‘He spent his childhood on canal barges until he became a farmhand at the age of 12.’
    • ‘The lift was originally used to carry barges of salt, coal and clay.’
    • ‘Transport now includes harbour ferries, and ferries or barges on rivers or lakes.’
    • ‘Although built in 1953 she reflects the design of horse drawn barges used when the canal first opened more than 200 years ago.’
    • ‘Farmers throughout the Midwest and southern states ship their produce on barges down the Mississippi River to New Orleans, where they are loaded onto ocean-going vessels.’
    • ‘The community council was waiting upon written confirmation from Waterways Ireland that they could extend the operating area of the barge from the canal to the Barrow.’
    • ‘In Bordeaux, barges must carry chunks of the fuselage up the Garonne River under an 18 th-century bridge that offers scant clearance.’
    • ‘At night, its surface always glittered with the lanterns of passing trade ships and river barges.’
    • ‘Up at the top of 274 steps, Dordrecht and its bridges, rivers and ponderous barges lay open for admiration.’
    • ‘The Saram was riddled with shallows and waterfalls above Derm, but from that point south river barges could ferry them down the lower Saram, Morvan, and Bellwater to the Bay of Kolvania.’
    • ‘The United States is a very attractive market, easy to access by ocean-going vessels and river barges.’
    • ‘The barge carrying the linkspans arrived from Poland early on Tuesday morning.’
    • ‘His father owns mills in the country and a lot of the barges on the canal and the Thames.’
    • ‘We hear the chants of the trackers as they pull the barge on the canal.’
    • ‘After checking into their hotel when they arrive, they can stroll up to where the many canal barges are moored.’
    • ‘When the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lets water out of Georgia's West Point Lake to bring barges up the Chattahoochee River, it pulls the plug on recreational boating, too.’
    lighter, canal boat, flatboat
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    1. 1.1 A long ornamental boat used for pleasure or ceremony.
      • ‘There rode ships from France, England, Holland, China and Japan, while innumerable boats and gilded barges rowed by sixty men plied to and fro.’
      • ‘This shows the aged and ailing Richelieu slumped against cushions in his barge, towing the boat in which the young and healthy conspirators are being taken to their place of execution.’
      • ‘Starting at the Palais Rohan, where Napoleon dumped Josephine, long glass-roofed bateaux mouches, or river barges, follow a lazy route through the Ill canals.’
      • ‘Until very recently, the casino had to be an actual boat, not a barge, even if it never left the dock, making for cramped conditions.’
      • ‘Each year, thousands of tourist flock to Robertstown to enjoy the natural amenities in the area, with most visitors taking in a trip on the barge along the Grand Canal.’
      • ‘Many involved smaller boats, such as tugs, barges and fishing boats, in the Malacca Straits and Indonesian waters.’
      • ‘A second gong sounds and the curtains fall off the barge that is being towed behind the boat.’
      • ‘He purchased the business in 1995 with his wife, Barbara, and rents out canal barges to holidaymakers.’
      • ‘Boats carry people from one place to another, farmers and fishermen bring their produce to the city to sell, and every year the king of Thailand holds important ceremonies on the water in his royal barge.’
      • ‘The Museum of Richmond is hosting a talk on royal barges and other boats as part of its Tudor by the Thames activities week.’
      • ‘Surrounded by a lake in the centre of Bandar Seri Begawan, the ceremonial barge remains unused.’
      • ‘He said this week he wants to build a marina there with up to 300 boat slips and install a barge with a bandstand.’
      • ‘One of Calderdale's most colourful characters got the send-off he wanted when a barge carrying his coffin ferried him to his final resting place.’
      • ‘But like this horse-riding character, Eggers is not on a pleasure barge.’
      • ‘One of the most moving and unforgettable moments for all who witnessed that sad and highly emotive day of his funeral was to watch the barge carrying him down the mighty River Thames.’
      • ‘Minister O'Donoghue also spoke of the town as a popular boating centre and a base for the pleasure barges on the Barrow.’
    2. 1.2 A boat used by the chief officers of a warship.
      • ‘We came over in the barge to the Hall with his Excellency, the ladies and the officers.’
      • ‘The last anyone heard of him he was an oarsman on an officer's barge.’
      • ‘Exhibits include an officers barge captured during the French invasion of 1796.’

verb

  • 1no object, with adverbial of direction Move forcefully or roughly.

    ‘we can't just barge into a private garden’
    • ‘I'll be back in the evening to check on your bandages, but until then you're free to wander about, as long as you don't barge into any of the patient rooms.’
    • ‘So I chose to barge into one of the department offices to check if they had any water for a thirsty man.’
    • ‘Push, barge, I'm more important than you, get out of my way, it's your fault, no I'm not saying excuse me thank you or sorry, or acknowledging your presence.’
    • ‘I didn't want to barge into his home like this and shove two girls down his throat, but I had no other choice.’
    • ‘And anyway, he knew better than to barge into my room uninvited.’
    • ‘When you sit down to eat tonight, may armed men not barge into your house and search your wife's underwear drawer.’
    • ‘The audience watches intently, but the spell is broken when three boisterous local kids barge into the gallery.’
    • ‘She said she and the electrocardiogram technician argued regularly because the technician would often barge into her consulting room while Langley was seeing patients.’
    • ‘According to the police, the activists allegedly tried to barge into the theatre on Sankey Road.’
    • ‘My job really wasn't to do filing or take phone calls, it was to stand in front of the door if his wife got the idea in her head to turn up and barge into the surgery.’
    • ‘Nobody can barge into my house uninvited and manhandle me.’
    • ‘They barge into the house and demand money and gold.’
    • ‘And Ian seems knocked out cold, as the campers and Carrie all barge into the room.’
    • ‘When you eventually wise up, faux police barge into your hotel and demand massive bribes in exchange for your freedom.’
    • ‘The message from them is that anyone can barge into your home at any time and you must keep quiet, watch and must not protect your property or even yourselves, as Tony Martin did.’
    • ‘Frances didn't usually knock; she just barges into every room or bathroom, for that matter.’
    • ‘They said no and asked him to leave but he returned minutes later and managed to barge into their kitchen where Mr Tulej confronted him and was stabbed.’
    • ‘Seven hitmen barge into an apartment used by a top Indian mafia boss.’
    • ‘It would be considered somewhat rude to barge into your boss's house,’ he stammered.’
    • ‘I didn't barge into your apartment without warning.’
    push, shove, force, elbow, shoulder, jostle, bludgeon, bulldoze, muscle
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    1. 1.1barge in Intrude or interrupt rudely or awkwardly.
      ‘sorry to barge in on your cosy evening’
      • ‘I am quite happy being miserable and I don't want you barging in and ruining it.’
      • ‘The doctor came barging in and ruined my happy place by saying, ‘I think you're ready to go home.’’
      • ‘You have the best of intentions, you're old enough to feel confident about interrupting anything that isn't appropriate, yet you can't just go barging in.’
      • ‘And when he'd come barging in on you, he would be talking out of his head about something you wouldn't even know what he was mad about.’
      • ‘If you stage any kind of fake fight or attack, this is the guy who will think it's real and barge in and try to break it up to save the day.’
      • ‘It is true that nowadays people are less willing to wait and more people than ever seem to barge in rudely and think nothing of it.’
      • ‘I told the angel of my intentions and asked forgiveness for barging in so rudely before.’
      • ‘Mid-interview, his adopted son, Michael, noisily interrupts as he barged in with a few friends clutching a bunch of bananas.’
      • ‘There aren't political questions here, except potentially if stupid lawyers come barging in and start treating games as something other than games.’
      • ‘But Zack can't abide another person having a few moments of privacy, generally barging in and making his presence known.’
      • ‘Our young pups were having a good scamper when a man from the council came barging in with a clipboard shouting ‘No, no, no!’’
      • ‘See, I went to the gym for the first time in a long time Saturday morning, and then Sunday night Aunt Flo came barging in.’
      • ‘In fact, it's just about to get steamy when the door bursts open and Lisa, Kim and Zoë barge in.’
      • ‘Kaplan's got both his hats on at the same time, and the travel writer (who likes flavors and vistas) keeps barging in.’
      • ‘He became notorious for showing up at events to which he was not invited and barging in, often as his German general character.’
      • ‘Normally, our digital tools are intrusive, constantly barging in to demand our attention with e-mail alerts, beeping instant messages and phone calls.’
      • ‘Speakers are relieved to find that they won't be sleeping in a hammock out on the porch, and that their hosts won't be barging in every half-hour to try and sell some more Amway products.’
      • ‘But dedicated lanes should be monitored so that buses move only on them, without other vehicles barging in.’
      • ‘Just then Hunter Niall came barging in the now broken door.’
      • ‘Victor could tell that Omar was angry with someone barging in the palace meeting room and interrupting him.’
      burst in, break in, butt in, cut in, interrupt, intervene, intrude, encroach
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    2. 1.2with object (chiefly in a sporting context) run into and collide with (someone), typically intentionally.
      ‘you can use this method to barge an opponent’
      ‘just barge the other skater off the ball’
      • ‘Parity persisted until two minutes before half-time when, after Muir had been penalised for barging in the lineout, Monro put over his second goal to give Heriot's a 6-3 interval lead.’
      • ‘In the other, I was barged into by a lorry when the driver ran out of room on his side of the road.’
      • ‘Earning their stripes: Home captain Scott Thomson tries to dig the ball out for Dunfermline as Partick Thistle's Jamie Mitchell attempts to barge him out of the way at East End Park yesterday.’
      • ‘And then this evening, throwing off her melancholy, she had barged him without warning and jinked away with a cheeky backward glance, rolling a couple of the cubs onto their backs as she ran.’
      • ‘With Thomson about to nod his second from point blank range he was barged off the ball by Scott Thomson.’
      • ‘But a two-man overlap on the right went begging and 13 minutes later Plymouth were level, No8 Dan Ward-Smith barging in seconds after being held up over the line.’
      • ‘McCrickard then off loaded to Simon Gribben and although he was barged over by Shane McMahon, he still managed to squeeze his shot past Featherstone.’
      • ‘It's like they're racing you, barging you out of the way from the side.’
      • ‘The first, for a shoulder charge by Luke Young, was justifiably denied but the second, when Fortune barged him in the back, looked a good shout.’
      • ‘When I came out of my cubicle and crossed to the washbasin, the mother barged me out of the way as she went to catch up with Nana.’
      • ‘There is no doubt that a Nottingham player was barged off the ball, but he was at least five metres off-side, in front of the kicker.’
      • ‘Garcia almost escapes in behind the Tunisia defence, but the burly figure of Jaidi barges him out of the way.’
      • ‘The powerful striker barged his man out the way before bravely stretching to toe poke the ball past keeper Phil Naisbett for his first strike in five months.’
      • ‘Wing Jon Steel gave Caley a glimmer of hope with a late run, but when he was barged into touch by Delme Williams, the chance was gone.’
      • ‘When Martin Bullock tried to barge another motorist off the road and hurled abuse at him he picked on the wrong man.’
      • ‘As the France international defender pulled up to allow the ball to run out of play, Beattie first barged his opponent and then butted him in the back of the head.’
      • ‘Just practicing the time-wasting skills that I have developed over time. The triplets were messing around as usual, trying to barge me into walls, etc.’
      • ‘Stenhouse put Hawick ahead for the first time when Hawks were penalised for barging in the lineout.’
      • ‘Or Bobo Balde crazily barging David Clarkson off the ball as the Motherwell man bounded into the box four minutes later to concede a penalty slotted away by Richie Forlan for an equaliser.’
      • ‘The players who exemplify the respective styles of their teams are Henry and Emile Heskey, an awesome beast who can barge Martin Keown off a 50-50 ball and charge goalwards.’
      collide with, be in collision with, hit, strike, crash into, smash into, knock into, plough into, barge into, meet head-on, ram
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  • 2with object Convey (freight) by barge.

    • ‘We have tried carpooling, vanpooling, buses, commuter and intercity trains, even bike paths-and we are about to start barging freight on Long Island Sound.’
    • ‘The potential of barging freight from Waterside industrial areas to Southampton across the River Test is to be investigated.’
    • ‘These considerations can include barging equipment to the site, building a log dump and skids, or a dryland sort, checking for rock cuts, end haul areas and spoil sites, and the installation of bridges.’
    • ‘For example, does this increase in autonomy mean that the Hauraki Islanders have to dispose of their own rubbish on their island instead of barging it back to Auckland?’
    • ‘Barging freight may become necessary.’
    • ‘Arriving in 1888 Sleigh took up work at Orange, New South Wales, and soon after, with a partner, began barging cargo on the Murray and Darling rivers.’
    • ‘They do frown on barging coal there which is why I didn't do it.’
    • ‘The aircraft were barged to Hawaii, an epic journey in itself, for the main portion of the aerial filming.’
    • ‘He had lingered a year at home before making off again, and now, two years later he had finally barged his way home.’
    • ‘Another voice has been added to those against barging cargo up the Cooper River.’
    • ‘Harvested logs are trucked to a sort south west of Sandspit where they are sorted and put in the water before being barged to Howe Sound, near Vancouver.’
    • ‘He opens a window onto England's coal-fueled economy at the turn of the century, with vivid descriptions of the mines and the canals that were constructed to barge the coal.’
    • ‘At the sort, wood is bucked to length, trimmed and scaled before being barged to Howe Sound, just north of Vancouver.’
    • ‘Shippers may be more likely to look at alternatives such as barging cargo from one port to another, or transloading freight via truck and rail, as over-the-road transportation obstacles become more prevalent.’

Origin

Middle English (denoting a small seagoing vessel): from Old French, perhaps based on Greek baris ‘Egyptian boat’.

Pronunciation

barge

/bɑːdʒ/