What does barge mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. barge, flatboat, hoy, lighterverb

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

  2. barge, thrust ahead, push forwardverb

    push one's way

    "she barged into the meeting room"

  3. bargeverb

    transport by barge on a body of water


  1. bargenoun

    A large flat-bottomed towed or self-propelled boat used mainly for river and canal transport of heavy goods or bulk cargo

  2. bargenoun

    A richly decorated ceremonial state vessel propelled by rowers for river processions

  3. bargenoun

    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

  4. bargenoun

    One of the boats of a warship having fourteen oars

  5. bargenoun

    The wooden disk in which bread or biscuit is placed on a mess table

  6. bargeverb

    To intrude or break through, particularly in an unwelcome or clumsy manner.

  7. bargeverb

    To push someone.

  8. Etymology: From barge 'boat', from barica, from βάρις 'Egyptian boat', from ⲃⲁⲁⲣⲉ 'small boat', from bēre.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BARGEnoun

    Etymology: bargie, Dut. from barga, low Lat.

    The barge she sat in, like a burnish’d throne,
    Burnt on the water. William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra.

    It was consulted, when I had taken my barge, and gone ashore, that my ship should have set sail and left me there. Walter Raleigh, Essays.

    Plac’d in the gilded barge,
    Proud with the burden of so sweet a charge;
    With painted oars the youths begin to sweep
    Neptune’s smooth face. Edmund Waller.


  1. BARGE

    BARGE, the Big August Rec.Gambling Excursion, is a yearly convention held in Las Vegas during the first weekend of August. It consists of a series of tournaments both of poker and other gambling games, as well as a banquet and a host of informal social and gambling activities organized by attendees. Some of the well-known poker players who have participated either as speakers or players in the no limit holdem tournament include: Howard Lederer, Chris Ferguson, Phil Hellmuth Jr, Greg Raymer, Mason Malmuth, David Sklansky, Mike Caro, Matt Matros, Linda Johnson, Phil Gordon, Paul Phillips, Andy Bloch, William Chen, Doyle Brunson and many others.BARGE is formally open to "members of the rec.gambling" community, but registration must be done in advance over the Internet. BARGE organizers include Russell Fox, Rich Bremer, Jeff Deitch, Sharon Goldman, and Stevan Goldman. Former organizers include Chuck “Enabler” Weinstock, Peter “Foldem” Secor, Michael "mickdog" Patterson, Nick Christenson, Bree Goldman and Mike Zimmers.


  1. barge

    A barge is a long, flat-bottomed boat for transporting freight that is typically used on canals and rivers. Most barges are not self-propelled and need to be moved by tugboats or towed by other vessels. However, some are equipped with their own engines. They are designed to carry heavy cargo or bulk items such as coal, sand, or grain.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bargenoun

    a pleasure boat; a vessel or boat of state, elegantly furnished and decorated

  2. Bargenoun

    a large, roomy boat for the conveyance of passengers or goods; as, a ship's barge; a charcoal barge

  3. Bargenoun

    a large boat used by flag officers

  4. Bargenoun

    a double-decked passenger or freight vessel, towed by a steamboat

  5. Bargenoun

    a large omnibus used for excursions


  1. Barge

    A barge is a flat-bottomed boat, built mainly for river and canal transport of heavy goods. Some barges are not self-propelled and need to be towed or pushed by towboats. Canal barges, towed by draft animals on an adjacent towpath, contended with the railway in the early industrial revolution, but were outcompeted in the carriage of high-value items due to the higher speed, falling costs, and route flexibility of rail.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Barge

    bärj, n. flat-bottomed freight boat, with or without sails, used on rivers and canals: the second boat of a man-of-war: a large pleasure or state boat.—ns. Bar′gee, a bargeman; Barge′man, The manager of a barge; Barge′-mas′ter, the proprietor of a barge. [O. Fr. barge—Low L. barga. Prob. a doublet of Bark, a barge.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. barge

    A flat-bed, shallow-draft vessel with no superstructure that is used for the transport of cargo and ships

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. barge

    A boat of a long, slight, and spacious construction, generally carvel-built, double-banked, for the use of admirals and captains of ships of war.--Barge, in boat attacks, is next in strength to the launch. It is likewise a vessel or boat of state, furnished and equipped in the most sumptuous style;--and of this sort we may naturally suppose to have been the famous barge or galley of Cleopatra, which, according to the beautiful description of Shakspeare-- "Like a burnished throne Burnt on the water: the poop was beaten gold, Purple her sails; and so perfumed, that The winds were love-sick with them; the oars were silver. Which to the tune of flutes kept time, and made The water which they beat to follow faster As amorous of their strokes." The barges of the lord-mayor, civic companies, &c., and the coal-barges of the Thames are varieties. Also, an early man-of-war, of about 100 tons. Also, an east-country vessel of peculiar construction. Also, a flat-bottomed vessel of burden, used on rivers for conveying goods from one place to another, and loading and unloading ships: it has various names, as a Ware barge, a west-country barge, a sand barge, a row-barge, a Severn trough, a light horseman, &c. They are usually fitted with a large sprit-sail to a mast, which, working upon a hinge, is easily struck for passing under bridges. Also, the bread-barge or tray or basket, for containing biscuit at meals.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BARGE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Barge is ranked #12607 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Barge surname appeared 2,455 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Barge.

    59.8% or 1,470 total occurrences were White.
    31.3% or 769 total occurrences were Black.
    3.3% or 82 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.9% or 72 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.4% or 35 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.1% or 27 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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Anagrams for barge »

  1. Aberg

  2. rebag

  3. begar

  4. bagre

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of barge in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of barge in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of barge in a Sentence

  1. Nevyn Nah:

    We are poised for some tightening of supplies in the East and that's why we're seeing some recent strength across the near-term time spreads, it also appears Western supplies are tightening, as is reflected in the fuel oil barge swaps, and the run cuts in Europe further denting supply will serve to limit the availability of replacement barrels.

  2. Paul Huter:

    I think SpaceX has the capability and the know-how to land on the floating barge, but there are a lot of variables that need to be taken into consideration, which make it a difficult task.

  3. Coast Guard:

    An estimated 25,000 barrels of gasoline blend stock were loaded on each barge. An unknown amount of product has been released from the damaged barge, air monitoring is being conducted along the shoreline from Sylvan Beach to Kemah.

  4. Nevyn Nah:

    It also appears Western supplies are tightening, as is reflected in the fuel oil barge swaps, and the run cuts in Europe further denting supply will serve to limit the availability of replacement barrels.

  5. MG:

    You're the most uninvited ever, Yet you force and barge in. You come with such a despise, Which bring forth sadness and torments which we cannot suffice. You leave the scars that couldn't be healed And memories that cannot be faded. Yet you come!! I curse you that you wouldn't see the bleak light of happiness for all eternity!! And be haunted by darkest demons of fraternity.

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