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Definition of "dredge" []

  • Any of various machines equipped with scooping or suction devices and used to deepen harbors and waterways and in underwater mining. (noun)
  • Nautical A boat or barge equipped with a dredge. (noun)
  • An implement consisting of a net on a frame, used for gathering shellfish. (noun)
  • To clean, deepen, or widen with a dredge. (verb-transitive)
  • To bring up with a dredge: dredged up the silt. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "dredge" in a sentence
  • "And the dry-wet-dry dredge is messy enough, I can't imagine even more of a disaster!"
  • "Outside he can dredge from a boat at his service; or swim and rest in the sun to go back invigorated into his laboratory."
  • "The dredge is actually working between the Thetis and the sand."