Main definitions of dredge in US English:

: dredge1dredge2

dredge1

verb

[with object]
  • 1Clean out the bed of (a harbor, river, or other area of water) by scooping out mud, weeds, and rubbish with a dredge.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He added: ‘If everything goes ahead as planned, we will dredge, maintain and deepen the harbour.’’
    • ‘But residents said that, in the meantime, the agency should dredge the river to speed up the flow and reduce the risks.’
    • ‘Mrs Ball believes the situation could be improved significantly if the River Bourne was dredged.’
    • ‘To increase barge traffic and nitrogen transport, the Mississippi River needs to be dredged and locks need to be rebuilt.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They should not have waited so long when the rainy season is upon us to dredge rivers and prepare for flooding.’
    • ‘He pointed out that the Ministry of Defence was only surveying and investigating what might happen if the approaches to the harbour were dredged.’
    • ‘The area is to be dredged and the access channel will be deepened.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some people have suggested that to alleviate flooding the river should be dredged.’
    • ‘They have even begun dredging rivers to remove the dumped bodies of cars.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The harbour is to be dredged, and a pontoon will be built across the middle, the better to accommodate sailing cruisers.’
    • ‘York resident David Harrison said the agency should be spending its time dredging rivers rather than producing ‘poor quality’ calendars.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At a cost of $133 million, the harbour was dredged and a dock constructed, abandoned oil wells were plugged and petroleum infrastructure relocated.’
    1. 1.1 Bring up or clear (something) from a river, harbor, or other area of water with a dredge.
      ‘mud was dredged out of the harbor’
      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 to people's attention an unpleasant or embarrassing fact or incident that had been forgotten.
      ‘I don't understand why you had to dredge up this story’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Well, that memory was dredged up from the past when I saw this picture of 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.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Old grudges have been dredged up to justify this descent into pettiness.’
      • ‘I'm not sure how I came upon it, but most likely had dredged it up from a half-remembered movie or television show.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After all, I'd left organized guilt behind me; it would be harmful to dredge it up and attach it to my new beliefs.’
      • ‘I posted on it at the time; maybe I'll dredge it up and re-link to it if I can.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The other issues were dredged up later, presumably to incite a better flow of signatories and to bring the tabloid press into the fray.’
      • ‘With great moral fervor, details are dredged up and exhaustive investigations conducted.’
      • ‘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 tried not to think what tactics might be dredged up again.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Yes, I've already written about this before, but sometimes something irks me enough to dredge it up again.’
      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

  • 1An apparatus for bringing up objects or mud from a river or seabed by scooping or dragging.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I remember when I wanted to find out what happened to a particular dredge and he could tell me.’
    • ‘But after mechanical fishing dredges destroyed the oyster reefs early in the 20th Century, the water became increasingly turbid and oxygen deficient.’
    • ‘As they were pulling in the dredge, the rope snapped.’
    • ‘The dredge returned from 1,600 meters under the sea filled with live mussels and fresh sulfide minerals.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An oyster dredge - basically a flat, steel basket about one yard wide - is dragged along the bottom to harvest the oysters.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Hydraulic dredges are still in use although the effort directed on razor clams has declined.’
    • ‘He said a dredge is being used to bring up wreckage submerged under 11m of water.’
    • ‘The dredge, one of the few left outside of Alaska, has been restored.’
    • ‘Old dredges stood ready to open the navigation channels should there ever be enough water.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Scallop, oyster and crab dredges consist of steel frames and chain-mesh bags that plow through the seabed to sift out target species.’
    1. 1.1 A dredger.
      • ‘He recalls being on the dredges himself when they were in operation.’
      • ‘The new mussel dredges are designed to operate in rougher waters and for access to mussel seed in the open waters of the Irish Sea.’
      • ‘The dredge has also been directed to work in the outer channel as much as possible.’
      • ‘The Grant brothers of Woodburn, who lived on board, used her as a sand and gravel dredge around the time of WWII.’
      • ‘Nanny had lifted Percy up to the railings and was pointing out barges, dredges and pleasure craft that spangled the river.’
      • ‘The steamer and the dredge were launched early the following year.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

dredge

/drej//drɛdʒ/

Main definitions of dredge in US English:

: dredge1dredge2

dredge2

verb

[with object]
  • Sprinkle (food) with a powdered substance, typically flour or sugar.

    ‘dredge the bananas with sugar and cinnamon’
    • ‘For the soft-shell crab: season the crabs and dredge in flour, shaking off any excess.’
    • ‘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 chicken thighs with salt and pepper to taste and dredge in flour.’
    • ‘Season the frog's legs with salt and pepper and dredge in the flour.’
    • ‘Dredge all vegetables and seafood in flour and pat off excess, then dredge all but the peppers in batter.’
    • ‘Season sweetbreads with salt and pepper and dredge in flour.’
    • ‘Spread mustard around lamb; dredge in herb crumbs.’
    • ‘Season the catfish and dredge in flour, patting off any excess.’
    • ‘Stuff the zucchini blossoms with mixture and dredge in flour, egg wash and panko; repeat process.’
    • ‘Drain on kitchen paper and roughly pile on to warm plates, dredging with icing sugar while they are still warm.’
    • ‘Cut chicken into 1/2 inch pieces and dredge in all-purpose flour.’
    • ‘Roll potato into one-and-a-half-inch balls, dredge in flour, then in the other beaten egg, then in crumbs.’
    • ‘Brush the pie with milk and dredge with caster sugar.’
    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

/drej//drɛdʒ/