- 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.
- 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.
- to use a dredge.
- dredge up,
- to unearth or bring to notice: We dredged up some old toys from the bottom of the trunk.
- to locate and reveal by painstaking investigation or search: Biographers excel at dredging up little known facts.
Origin of dredge1
- to sprinkle or coat with some powdered substance, especially flour.
Origin of dredge2
Examples from the Web for dredge
Remove some shallots from the buttermilk and dredge in the seasoned flour mixture.Make Carla Hall’s Crispy Shallot Green Bean Casserole
December 27, 2014
They get $8 million to dredge the channel for pleasure boats to sail to Catalina Island.Congress’ Gift That Keeps on Giving
P. J. O’Rourke
December 20, 2014
Let me go ahead and dredge this up before someone else does.Coming Clean on Egypt
August 15, 2013
Perhaps some of them might dredge up some outrage over the message behind what Karzai did to the United States yesterday.To Hell With Karzai
Leslie H. Gelb
March 12, 2013
This whole project could be fruitful and dredge up even more dirt on Nixon.President Obama Eyes New Oval Office While the White House Undergoes Renovations
February 3, 2013
Dredge the fruits and nuts with flour and fold them into the mixture.
Brush with milk, dredge with sugar, and bake for about 1/2 hour.
After a while turn them, and salt and dredge the other side.
Having cleaned the fish, and cut off the fins, dredge them with flour.
Then wipe the pieces, season them with pepper and salt, and dredge them with flour.
- 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 dredger 1 (def. 1)
- to remove (material) from a riverbed, channel, etc, by means of a dredge
- (tr) to search for (a submerged object) with or as if with a dredge; drag
- to sprinkle or coat (food) with flour, sugar, etc
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.