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[drej] /drɛdʒ/
Also called dredging machine. any of various powerful machines for dredging up or removing earth, as from the bottom of a river, by means of a scoop, a series of buckets, a suction pipe, or the like.
a barge on which such a machine is mounted.
a dragnet or other contrivance for gathering material or objects from the bottom of a river, bay, etc.
verb (used with object), dredged, dredging.
to clear out with a dredge; remove sand, silt, mud, etc., from the bottom of.
to take, catch, or gather with a dredge; obtain or remove by a dredge.
verb (used without object), dredged, dredging.
to use a dredge.
Verb phrases
dredge up,
  1. to unearth or bring to notice:
    We dredged up some old toys from the bottom of the trunk.
  2. to locate and reveal by painstaking investigation or search:
    Biographers excel at dredging up little known facts.
Origin of dredge1
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English (Scots) dreg-, Old English *drecg(e); see dray, draw


[drej] /drɛdʒ/
verb (used with object), dredged, dredging. Cookery.
to sprinkle or coat with some powdered substance, especially flour.
1590-1600; v. use of dredge (now obsolete or dial.) mixture of grains, late Middle English dragge, dregge, apparently to be identified with Middle English drag(g)e, dragie (disyllabic) sweetmeat, confection < Anglo-French drag(g)é, dragee, Old French (see dragée); compare similar dual sense of Medieval Latin dragētum, dragium Unabridged
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  • dredge with flour and curry powder, add three quarts of boiling mutton broth, and half a cupful of raw ham chopped fine.

  • dredge your cake tins with flour and your cake will not stick to the pan.

  • dredge lightly with flour over the top, and roll out gently to the required size without turning.

    Science in the Kitchen. Mrs. E. E. Kellogg
  • The tug and dredge on the harbour are doing their share, too.

    Child and Country Will Levington Comfort
  • Somehow Mikah managed to dredge up enough strength to keep going.

    The Ethical Engineer Henry Maxwell Dempsey
British Dictionary definitions for dredge


Also called dredger. a machine, in the form of a bucket ladder, grab, or suction device, used to remove material from a riverbed, channel, etc
another name for dredger1 (sense 1)
to remove (material) from a riverbed, channel, etc, by means of a dredge
(transitive) to search for (a submerged object) with or as if with a dredge; drag
Word Origin
C16: perhaps ultimately from Old English dragan to draw; see drag


to sprinkle or coat (food) with flour, sugar, etc
Word Origin
C16: from Old French dragie, perhaps from Latin tragēmata spices, from Greek
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Word Origin and History for dredge

late 15c., in Scottish dreg-boat "boat for dredging," perhaps ultimately from root of drag (possibly via Middle Dutch dregghe "drag-net"). The verb is attested from c.1500 in Scottish. Related: Dredged; dredging.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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