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barge (boat)

Definition:

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

Class:

artifact noun (man-made objects)

Plural:

barges

Type of:

boat » vessel » craft » vehicle

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

flatboat | hoy | lighter

Etymology:

"small seagoing vessel with sails", from Old French barge, Old Provencal barca,...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of barge...

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Flatboat

a rectangular flat-bottomed boat with square ends used to transport freight and passengers on inland waterways. The flatboat could be any size, but essentially it's large, sturdy tub with a hull that displaces water and so floats in the water. This ... (41 of 1458 words, 2 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Flatboat

Collins Dictionary:

flatboat | flat-bottomed boat

any boat with a flat bottom, usually for transporting goods on a canal or river (15 of 243 words, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/flatboat

Merriam-Webster:

flatboat

a boat with a flat bottom and square ends used for transportation of bulky freight especially in shallow waters (19 of 35 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/flatboat

Oxford Dictionary:

flatboat

a boat with a flat bottom for transport in shallow water (11 of 29 words, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/flatboat

American Heritage Dictionary:

flatboat

A boat with a flat bottom and square ends used for transporting freight on inland waterways. (16 of 19 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/flatboat

Random House Dictionary:

flatboat

a large, flat-bottomed boat for use in shallow water, especially on rivers. (12 of 17 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/flatboat

New World Dictionary:

flatboat

a boat with a flat bottom, for carrying freight in shallow waters or on rivers (15 of 17 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/flatboat

Wiktionary:

flatboat | flatboats [plural]

A boxy, flat-bottomed boat used for carrying livestock, freight, and people on rivers. (13 of 14 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/flatboat

Columbia Encyclopedia:

barge | lighter

large boat, generally flat-bottomed, used for transporting goods. Most barges on inland waterways are towed, but some river barges are self-propelled. ... (21 of 159 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/history​/A​0806187​.html

Cambridge Dictionary:

barge [entry 1]

to hurry somewhere or through a place in a rude and forceful way (13 of 52 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/barge 1

barge [entry 2]

a long boat with a flat bottom, used for carrying heavy objects on rivers or canals (16 of 21 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/barge 2

Macmillan British Dictionary:

barge [intransitive, verb] | barged [past tense] | barging [present participle] | barges [3rd-person singular present]

to move in a fast careless way, often hitting people or things (12 of 51 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/barge 5

barge [countable] | barges [plural]

a long flat boat used on rivers and canals (9 of 34 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/barge

Britannica Encyclopedia:

lighter [watercraft]

shallow-draft boat or barge, usually flat-bottomed, used in unloading or loading ships offshore. Use of lighters requires extra handling and thus ... (21 of 79 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/340705​/lighter

Encarta Dictionary:

flatboat | flatboats [plural]

a large boat with a flat bottom used for transporting goods on shallow waterways (14 of 27 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861673975​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

barge

First use: about 1300

Origin: "small seagoing vessel with sails", from Old French barge, Old Provencal barca, from Medieval Latin barga, from Latin ... (20 of 50 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=barge

New World Dictionary:

barge | barged [past tense] | barging [present participle]

Origin: Middle English and Old French from Medieval Latin barga from Late Latin barca from *barica from Greek baris, Egyptian boat ... (20 of 25 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/barge

Wiktionary:

barge | barges [plural] | barged [past tense] | barging [present participle]

Origin: Old French barge 'boat', from Vulgar Latin barica, from Ancient Greek βάρις (b├íris) 'Egyptian boat', from Coptic ⲃⲁⲁⲣⲉ (bāre) 'small boat', from Egyptian bēre.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/barge

Collins Dictionary:

barge

First use: 13th century

Origin: from Old French, from Medieval Latin barga, probably from Late Latin barca a small boat; see barque

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/barge

Oxford Dictionary:

barge | barge in

Origin: Middle English (denoting a small seagoing vessel): from Old French, perhaps based on Greek baris "Egyptian boat"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/barge

American Heritage Dictionary:

barge | barged [past tense] | barging [present participle] | barges [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin barca, boat.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/barge

Merriam-Webster:

barge [entry 1, noun]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin barca

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/barge

Encarta Dictionary:

barge | barges [plural] | barged [past tense] | barging [present participle]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Old French barge or medieval Latin bargia

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861588891​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

barge

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "barge"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/barge

Cambridge Dictionary:

barge [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "barge"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "barge"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/barge 1

Macmillan British Dictionary:

barge [intransitive, verb] | barged [past tense] | barging [present participle] | barges [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "barge"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/barge 5

barge [countable] | barges [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "barge"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/barge

Macmillan American Dictionary:

barge [intransitive, verb] | barged [past tense] | barging [present participle] | barges [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "barge"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/barge 5

barge [countable, noun] | barges [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "barge"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/barge

the Free Dictionary:

barge

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "barge"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "barge"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "barge" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/barge

Google Dictionary:

barge | barges [plural] | barged [past tense] | barging [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "barge"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=barge

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

barge

Audio: North American pronunciation of "barge"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=barge​001 word=barge

YourDictionary Audio:

barge

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "barge" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/barge

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