Main definitions of dredge in English

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dredge1

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Clear the bed of (a harbour, river, or other area of water) by scooping out mud, weeds, and rubbish with a dredge.

    ‘the lower stretch of the river had been dredged’
    ‘the dredging and deepening of the canal’
    • ‘This includes servicing lights, channel markers and dredging the river which is becoming increasingly shallow because not enough vessels use the port to churn up the mud.’
    • ‘Mrs Ball believes the situation could be improved significantly if the River Bourne was dredged.’
    • ‘At a cost of $133 million, the harbour was dredged and a dock constructed, abandoned oil wells were plugged and petroleum infrastructure relocated.’
    • ‘Some people have suggested that to alleviate flooding the river should be dredged.’
    • ‘The area is to be dredged and the access channel will be deepened.’
    • ‘To increase barge traffic and nitrogen transport, the Mississippi River needs to be dredged and locks need to be rebuilt.’
    • ‘A deep water basin will be dredged in the Thames to ensure vessels do not ground at low tide and the new jetty will be extended forward by about ten metres.’
    • ‘Others have to be dredged often because the rivers that feed them carry so much silt and sediment that the deep shipping channels slowly fill in.’
    • ‘If more effort were put into ensuring rivers and watercourses were properly dredged and cleared of weed and vegetation, it may have helped to contain the water, he said.’
    • ‘He pointed out that the Ministry of Defence was only surveying and investigating what might happen if the approaches to the harbour were dredged.’
    • ‘But residents said that, in the meantime, the agency should dredge the river to speed up the flow and reduce the risks.’
    • ‘‘We are also aiming at improving the quality of the environment by organizing a number of programs to dredge rivers, and reduce foul water and vehicle emissions,’ he said.’
    • ‘The harbour is to be dredged, and a pontoon will be built across the middle, the better to accommodate sailing cruisers.’
    • ‘The final task of dredging an area large enough to accommodate the vessel is expected to be completed by the end of this month, Mr Gibson said.’
    • ‘He added: ‘If everything goes ahead as planned, we will dredge, maintain and deepen the harbour.’’
    • ‘Certain highly influential lobby groups have been arguing that, in order to preserve wildlife habitats, rivers should not be dredged or kept clear of trees and other obstructions.’
    • ‘York resident David Harrison said the agency should be spending its time dredging rivers rather than producing ‘poor quality’ calendars.’
    • ‘Now related departments are working on a feasibility report to determine which parts of the river should be dredged and how to treat the sediment.’
    • ‘They have even begun dredging rivers to remove the dumped bodies of cars.’
    • ‘They should not have waited so long when the rainy season is upon us to dredge rivers and prepare for flooding.’
    1. 1.1 Bring up or clear (something) from a river, harbour, or other area of water with a dredge.
      ‘mud was dredged out of the harbour’
      no object ‘they start to dredge for oysters in November’
      • ‘As such, there is limited information on this topic, although as noted, most recreational fishers dive rather than dredge for scallops.’
      • ‘To begin, it is important that everyone realize that this boat was originally built to dredge for oysters.’
    2. 1.2dredge something up Bring something unwelcome and forgotten or obscure to people's attention.
      ‘I don't understand why you had to dredge up this story’
      • ‘The intention, in the beginning, was that by dredging it up from my subconscious/unconscious I would be able to deal with it, purge myself of it, and move on.’
      • ‘Old grudges have been dredged up to justify this descent into pettiness.’
      • ‘But since his own daughter's death, he has dredged bucketloads of remorse from the depths of his own soul, and no longer sees the world in black and white terms.’
      • ‘Well, that memory was dredged up from the past when I saw this picture of her.’
      • ‘After all, I'd left organized guilt behind me; it would be harmful to dredge it up and attach it to my new beliefs.’
      • ‘Panic threatened to surge as childhood memories of many a waterless day were dredged up.’
      • ‘But look, when are we going to say that things that have gone on decades ago, or 10 years or more ago, should always be dredged up, just because there might be some political advantage to dredging it up?’
      • ‘I tried not to think what tactics might be dredged up again.’
      • ‘The other issues were dredged up later, presumably to incite a better flow of signatories and to bring the tabloid press into the fray.’
      • ‘The fear has always been that some of this work could unravel in minutes if old secrets were dredged up in the witness box about the breakdown of the Royal marriage.’
      • ‘I posted on it at the time; maybe I'll dredge it up and re-link to it if I can.’
      • ‘She still has those feelings just barely repressed, and dredging them up attacks the facade of control that she's built up over all these years.’
      • ‘All these issues are still floating around and haven't really been fixed, so it's interesting to dredge it up again ten years after the book came out.’
      • ‘Yes, I've already written about this before, but sometimes something irks me enough to dredge it up again.’
      • ‘It took a moment to dredge his name up out of her memory, but she could hardly forget the handsome face of the boy who had rescued her from being a hostage in the first game, whom she had later run away from once he insulted her.’
      • ‘These half-memories have been dredged up from the back of my mind, but it's something that I've been meaning to write about for years, so I'd love to know what you think.’
      • ‘With great moral fervor, details are dredged up and exhaustive investigations conducted.’
      • ‘However, I have a sneaking suspicion that Amanda would be happier if we could all just forget about the incident, so I shan't dredge it up again here.’
      • ‘Not only does the case drag on for at least 18 months, all sort of extraneous material about their lives are dredged up and some people find this too much,’ said Kealey.’
      • ‘I'm not sure how I came upon it, but most likely had dredged it up from a half-remembered movie or television show.’
      detect, discover, come across, stumble across, stumble on, chance on, hit on, encounter, find, find out, turn up, unearth, dig up, dredge up, root out, hunt out, nose out, ferret out, grub out, disinter, extricate
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noun

  • An apparatus for bringing up objects or mud from a river or seabed by scooping or dragging.

    • ‘He said a dredge is being used to bring up wreckage submerged under 11m of water.’
    • ‘Around 1976, a dredge was brought in to deepen the harbor.’
    • ‘At 4 A.M., they deployed the dredge in the hope of getting something before the weather got too bad but had to pull it up before it passed 1,300 fathoms.’
    • ‘What goes on up here at The Labs is marine biology, where students learn to appreciate what the dredge brings up from the muddy bottom.’
    • ‘A similar fate confronts hundreds of small recreational ports where boating and sportfishing businesses could dry up because the plows - in this case, the dredges - may not come.’
    • ‘As they were pulling in the dredge, the rope snapped.’
    • ‘These employees, like the rest of the on-shore mining personnel, worked long shifts, the dredges being lit up at night with high wattage floodlights.’
    • ‘I remember when I wanted to find out what happened to a particular dredge and he could tell me.’
    • ‘Hydraulic dredges are still in use although the effort directed on razor clams has declined.’
    • ‘But after mechanical fishing dredges destroyed the oyster reefs early in the 20th Century, the water became increasingly turbid and oxygen deficient.’
    • ‘An oyster dredge - basically a flat, steel basket about one yard wide - is dragged along the bottom to harvest the oysters.’
    • ‘The dredge, one of the few left outside of Alaska, has been restored.’
    • ‘Steam driven clamshel dredges finished the last in 1930.’
    • ‘As the dredge dropped to the seafloor, instruments attached to its cable measured the temperature and optical properties of the seawater.’
    • ‘She could spend a morning describing how the Army Corps of Engineers, with massive dredges, keeps the rivers flowing along the paths shown on maps.’
    • ‘Scallop, oyster and crab dredges consist of steel frames and chain-mesh bags that plow through the seabed to sift out target species.’
    • ‘Old dredges stood ready to open the navigation channels should there ever be enough water.’
    • ‘The dredge returned from 1,600 meters under the sea filled with live mussels and fresh sulfide minerals.’
    • ‘The sludge from the bottom of the swamp that the dredge hauls up dripping and oozing at least has substance: you can dry it out, look at it through a microscope, describe it, or flush it down the toilet.’
    • ‘The soundings indicated a modest depth of only 525 fathoms and there was no expectation of anything out of the ordinary when the dredge was sent down at 10 o'clock that morning.’

Origin

Late 15th century (as a noun; originally in dredge-boat): perhaps related to Middle Dutch dregghe ‘grappling hook’.

Pronunciation

dredge

/drɛdʒ/

Main definitions of dredge in English

: dredge1dredge2

dredge2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Sprinkle (food) with a powdered substance such as flour or sugar.

    ‘dredge the bananas with sugar and cinnamon’
    • ‘Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper to taste and dredge in flour.’
    • ‘Do not dredge the pasta in flour to prevent sticking, as the flour turns to glue when cooked and, ironically, causes the pasta to stick together (using semolina flour from Italian delis instead will help).’
    • ‘Season the fillets with salt and pepper, and dredge them lightly in flour shaking off the excess.’
    • ‘Season sweetbreads with salt and pepper and dredge in flour.’
    • ‘Drain on kitchen paper and roughly pile on to warm plates, dredging with icing sugar while they are still warm.’
    • ‘Roll potato into one-and-a-half-inch balls, dredge in flour, then in the other beaten egg, then in crumbs.’
    • ‘Dredge all vegetables and seafood in flour and pat off excess, then dredge all but the peppers in batter.’
    • ‘Brush the pie with milk and dredge with caster sugar.’
    • ‘Season the frog's legs with salt and pepper and dredge in the flour.’
    • ‘Cut chicken into 1/2 inch pieces and dredge in all-purpose flour.’
    • ‘Stuff the zucchini blossoms with mixture and dredge in flour, egg wash and panko; repeat process.’
    • ‘Season the catfish and dredge in flour, patting off any excess.’
    • ‘For the soft-shell crab: season the crabs and dredge in flour, shaking off any excess.’
    • ‘Spread mustard around lamb; dredge in herb crumbs.’
    sprinkle, scatter, powder, sift, spray, cover, spread, strew
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Origin

Late 16th century: from obsolete dredge ‘sweetmeat, mixture of spices’, from Old French dragie, perhaps via Latin from Greek tragēmata ‘spices’. Compare with dragée.

Pronunciation

dredge

/drɛdʒ/