Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A long, large, usually flatbottom boat for transporting freight that is generally unpowered and towed or pushed by other craft.
  • n. A large, open pleasure boat used for parties, pageants, or formal ceremonies.
  • n. A powerboat reserved for the use of an admiral.
  • transitive v. To carry by barge.
  • intransitive v. To move about clumsily.
  • intransitive v. To intrude or interrupt, especially rudely: barged into the meeting.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A large flat-bottomed towed or self-propelled boat used mainly for river and canal transport of heavy goods or bulk cargo
  • n. A richly decorated ceremonial state vessel propelled by rowers for river processions
  • n. A large flat-bottomed coastal trading vessel having a large spritsail and jib-headed topsail, a fore staysail and a very small mizen, and having leeboards instead of a keel
  • n. One of the boats of a warship having fourteen oars
  • n. The wooden disk in which bread or biscuit is placed on a mess table
  • n. A double-decked passenger or freight vessel, towed by a steamboat.
  • n. A large omnibus used for excursions.
  • v. To intrude or break through, particularly in an unwelcome or clumsy manner.
  • v. To push someone.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A pleasure boat; a vessel or boat of state, elegantly furnished and decorated.
  • n. A large, roomy boat for the conveyance of passengers or goods.
  • n. A large boat used by flag officers.
  • n. A double-decked passenger or freight vessel, towed by a steamboat.
  • n. A large omnibus used for excursions.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A sailing vessel of any sort.
  • n. A flat-bottomed vessel of burden used in loading and unloading ships, and, on rivers and canals, for conveying goods from one place to another.
  • n. A long, double-banked boat, spacious and of elegant construction, for the use of flag-officers of ships of war.
  • n. A practice-boat used by crews in training for a race. It is commonly a long, narrow, lap-streak boat, somewhat wider and stronger than a shell, and thus better fitted for rough water.
  • n. A boat for passengers or freight, two-decked, but without sails or power, and in service towed by a steam-boat or tug: used for pleasure-excursions and for the transportation of hay and other bulky merchandise.
  • n. A pleasure-boat; in former times, a vessel or boat of state, often magnificently adorned, furnished with elegant apartments, canopied and cushioned, decorated with banners and draperies, and propelled by a numerous body of oarsmen: used by sovereigns, officers, magistrates, etc., and in various pageants, as the marriage of the Adriatic at Venice and the Lord Mayor's parade at London.
  • n. In New England, a large wagon, coach, or omnibus for carrying picnic parties or conveying passengers to and from hotels, etc.
  • To carry or transport by means of barges.
  • n. A book-name of the godwit.
  • n. plural In mining, sheets of iron, zinc, or wood used for shedding water in wet shafts or workings. Barrowman, Glossary.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a flatbottom boat for carrying heavy loads (especially on canals)
  • v. transport by barge on a body of water
  • v. push one's way

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin barca, boat.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French barge 'boat', from Vulgar Latin barica, from Ancient Greek βάρις (báris) 'Egyptian boat', from Coptic ⲃⲁⲁⲣⲉ (bāre) 'small boat', from Egyptian bēre. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "I presume you want to tell us that you intend to go home, that the barge is yours, that the treasures are yours, and that you want to take everything with you and be our leader."

    The Quaint and Curious Quest of Johnny Longfoot, the Shoe King's Son

  • $30 Million in barge revenues versus $7B fishing industry.

    Environmental Emergency: Asian Carp Breach Barrier To Great Lakes

  • - Sosuke (shouting to father whose barge is passing by his house): "I'm taking care of everyone, Dad!"

    Ham!

  • The beverage barge is crafted out of foam noodles, readily available everywhere from chain stores to pool supply specialists.

    Build A Beverage Barge To Keep Poolside Drinks At Hand | Lifehacker Australia

  • I was given a flyer at the Joco malecon yesterday and according to someone whom I asked about it, the price has dropped considerably to ride the the barge from the Joco malecon to San Juan Cosala, or that is the destination according to my inexcusably bad Spanish.

    Boat at Joco Malecon

  • When the barge is filled to capacity (about 1,200 tons), it returns to the firm's tank farm, on Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula, where the meltwater is stored for bottling, brewing, and making vodka.

    The Iceberg Wars

  • New England the word barge frequently means a vehicle, usually covered, with seats down the side, used for picnic parties or the conveyance of passengers to or from piers or railway stations.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3 "Banks" to "Bassoon"

  • Then he called the barge-master to him, and gave some order in a low voice; and then, accompanied by the priest, went out rapidly from the hall.

    The Aztec Treasure-House

  • The famous description in Antony and Cleopatra of Cleopatra on her royal barge is taken almost verbatim from a translation of Plutarch's life of Mark Antony: "on either side of her, pretty, fair boys apparelled as painters do set forth the god Cupid, with little fans in their hands, with which they fanned wind upon her" becomes "on each side her/Stood pretty dimpled boys, like smiling Cupids,/With divers-colour'd fans, whose wind did seem/To glow the delicate cheeks which they did cool."

    On Plagiarism

  • This barge is being towed from spot to spot on the Hudson and to each of New York’s boroughs.

    Waterpod and Floating Villages « Colleen Anderson

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  • Song quotation on sarge.

    September 30, 2009

  • An Ancient Egyptian loanword meaning "narrow boat".

    January 31, 2008

  • An informal unit of volume used in the U.S. energy industry. The barges used on American rivers carry about 25,000 barrels of oil, the equivalent of 1.05 million gallons, about 1,400 register tons, or about 3,975 cubic meters.

    November 6, 2007