Meaning of barge


A barge is a big, flat boat that can transport heavy goods over water. You might see a barge carrying a load of new cars down a river.

Barges are useful for moving very heavy things along canals and rivers. A typical barge can hold more than a thousand tons of cargo, so it’s ideal for bulky, weighty goods. Barge is also a verb, meaning both “move by barge” and “shove forward,” as when you barge in the door of a crowded party or barge into your brother’s room just to bother him. The root is believed to be the Greek baris, “Egyptian boat.”

Definitions of barge
  1. noun

    a flatbottom boat for carrying heavy loads (especially on canals)


    flatboat, hoy, lighter

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    a barge (or a vessel resembling a barge) that is used for dredging

    a barge that is designed and equipped for use as a dwelling

    (nautical) a floating structure (as a flat-bottomed boat) that serves as a dock or to support a bridge

    a barge carrying bulk materials in an open hold
    Norfolk wherry, wherry

    sailing barge used especially in East Anglia
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    a small vessel for travel on water

  2. verb

    transport by barge on a body of water

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    send, ship, transport

    transport commercially

  3. verb

    push one’s way

    barged into the meeting room”

    push forward, thrust ahead

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