barge: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (bärj), [key]
— n., v., barged, barg•ing.
  1. a capacious, flat-bottomed vessel, usually intended to be pushed or towed, for transporting freight or passengers; lighter.
  2. a vessel of state used in pageants: elegantly decorated barges on the Grand Canal in Venice.
  3. a boat reserved for a flag officer.
  4. a boat that is heavier and wider than a shell, often used in racing as a training boat.
  5. a large, horse-drawn coach or, sometimes, a bus.
  1. to move clumsily; bump into things; collide: to barge through a crowd.
  2. to move in the slow, heavy manner of a barge.
  1. to carry or transport by barge: Coal and ore had been barged down the Ohio to the Mississippi.
  2. to intrude, esp. rudely: I hated to barge in without an invitation.
  3. to barge into a conversation.
    1. Also,barge in force oneself upon, esp. rudely; interfere in:to barge into a conversation.
    2. to bump into; collide with:He started to run away and barged into a passer-by.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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