• WordNet 3.6
    • v barge transport by barge on a body of water
    • v barge push one's way "she barged into the meeting room"
    • n barge a flatbottom boat for carrying heavy loads (especially on canals)
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"Washing Barge." "Washing Barge."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Barge A double-decked passenger or freight vessel, towed by a steamboat.
    • Barge A large boat used by flag officers.
    • Barge A large omnibus used for excursions.
    • Barge A large, roomy boat for the conveyance of passengers or goods; as, a ship's barge; a charcoal barge .
    • Barge A pleasure boat; a vessel or boat of state, elegantly furnished and decorated.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n barge A sailing vessel of any sort.
    • n barge A flat-bottomed vessel of burden used in loading and unloading ships, and, on rivers and canals, for conveying goods from one place to another.
    • n barge A long, double-banked boat, spacious and of elegant construction, for the use of flag-officers of ships of war.
    • n barge A practice-boat used by crews in training for a race. It is commonly a long, narrow, lap-streak boat, somewhat wider and stronger than a shell, and thus better fitted for rough water.
    • n barge A boat for passengers or freight, two-decked, but without sails or power, and in service towed by a steam-boat or tug: used for pleasure-excursions and for the transportation of hay and other bulky merchandise.
    • n barge A pleasure-boat; in former times, a vessel or boat of state, often magnificently adorned, furnished with elegant apartments, canopied and cushioned, decorated with banners and draperies, and propelled by a numerous body of oarsmen: used by sovereigns, officers, magistrates, etc., and in various pageants, as the marriage of the Adriatic at Venice and the Lord Mayor's parade at London.
    • n barge In New England, a large wagon, coach, or omnibus for carrying picnic parties or conveying passengers to and from hotels, etc.
    • barge To carry or transport by means of barges.
    • n barge A book-name of the godwit.
    • n barge plural In mining, sheets of iron, zinc, or wood used for shedding water in wet shafts or workings. Barrowman, Glossary.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Barge bärj 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
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. barge, F. berge, fr. LL. barca, for barica,not found), prob. fr. L. baris, an Egyptian rowboat, fr. Gr. , prob. fr. Egyptian: cf. Coptic bari, a boat. Cf. Bark a vessel
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. barge—Low L. barga. Prob. a doublet of Bark, a barge.


In literature:

When the sun went down the barge stopped; when the sun rose the barge started on again.
"Nobody's Boy" by Hector Malot
It consisted of three barges of troops under Commander Patterson of the American navy.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 2 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
On this occasion, the barge being manned and I along, we pulled over to the island.
"From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life" by Captain A. T. Mahan
At a command from Costal the two rowers now rested upon their oars; and, shortly after, one of the barges arrived alongside.
"The Tiger Hunter" by Mayne Reid
A grassy islet ringed with willows seemed to be moored here like the barge of some woodland princess.
"Two on the Trail" by Hulbert Footner
The former was killed on a barge attached to us, and the other on the bridge.
"The Incomparable 29th and the "River Clyde"" by George Davidson
It seemed to the boy in his cramped position as if the coal barge would never start.
"Princess Polly At Play" by Amy Brooks
The barge returned to the Penobscot, and Bobtail followed her owner on deck.
"Little Bobtail" by Oliver Optic
Mr. Hamblin consented, and as the consort kept astern of the ship, the latter was hove to, and the professor's barge lowered.
"Dikes and Ditches" by Oliver Optic
The steamers, barges and giassas, native sailing craft, underwent thorough repair.
"Khartoum Campaign, 1898" by Bennet Burleigh

In poetry:

Paddler, dinghy and sailing barge
Eagle and Queen and Belle,
And the humble Marthas of the ports
That have no name to tell.
"The Day Of Little Ships" by Cicely Fox Smith
All placid except for the dip of the oar
Of the skiff, or the barge striking out from the shore,
While merry excursionists shout till the gale
Reverberates laughter through rigging and sail.
"Holiday Home." by Hattie Howard
And then we come to the drollest isle,
And the funniest sounds come pouring
Down from its borderlands once in a while,
And we lean o'er our barge and listen and smile;
For that is the Isle-of-Snoring.
"The River Of Sleep" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
There are curious isles in the River of Sleep,
Curious isles without number.
We'll visit them all as we leisurely creep
Down the winding stream whose current is deep,
In our beautiful barge of Slumber.
"The River Of Sleep" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
I must away to the wooded hills and vales,
Where broad, slow streams flow cool and silently
And idle barges flap their listless sails.
For me the summer sunset glows and pales,
And green fields wait for me.
"A Summer Longing" by George Arnold
It was lovely and she was in love.
They had taken a covered boat to one of the islands.
The city sounds were faint in the distance:
Rattling of carriages, tumult of voices,
Yelping of dogs on the decks of barges.
"Late Afternoon: The Onslaught Of Love" by Anthony Hecht

In news:

Logs from booms in Port Angeles Harbor since last summer are loaded onto the barge Paul Bunyon, accompanied by the tug Triton.
Ohio river barge loading grain elevator prices and trends.
Spot Bids to Producers at Selected barge loading terminals on the Ohio River in the Mt Vernon-Evansville Indiana area.
The first barge loaded with household debris collected from Long Beach after superstorm Sandy is to move upstate Friday, where the load will be landfilled.
School Superintendent Barge releases statement on charter school amendment.
John Barge at a school tour in Dougherty County earlier in the year.
Boston Harbor barge camper an unusual sight for maritime officials.
The US Coast Guard was patrolling the Boston Harbor yesterday when they came across an unusual sight: a man camped out on a barge .
Extension agents note that all the ports in Helena-West Helena are open, but barges are only leaving at about 70 percent full, because when the navigation channel is shallow shippers pack lighter loads so barges can sit higher in the water.
Washington lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are calling on presidential action to keep barges moving on the Mississippi River.
They warn that without quick action to keep the barges moving, low water will threaten jobs that depend on the shipping corridor within two weeks.
Barges on the Mississippi handle about 60 percent of the nation's grain exports entering the Gulf of Mexico through New Orleans, as well as 22 percent of its petroleum and 20 percent of its coal.
Mississippi barge traffic slows as river level drops.
A group of US senators will ask President Barack Obama for an emergency declaration in an effort to keep barges moving on the drought-riddled Mississippi River, a spokesman for Sen Claire McCaskill said Tuesday.
Barging in on a global story.

In science:

Several previous studies have concentrated on exploring velocity equilibria in systems with nonevolving mass spectra in which inelastic collisions between planetesimals acted as damping mechanism necessary to balance gravitational stirring (Kaula 1979; Hornung, Pellat, & Barge 1985; Stewart & Wetherill 1988).
Dynamical evolution of planetesimals in protoplanetary disks
There have been a variety of methods (eg., DeFa¨y, Deleuil, & Barge (2001); Doyle et al. (2000); Kov´acs, Zucker, & Mazeh (2002)) discussed on the topic of automating transit searches.
Results from the Wide Angle Search for Planets Prototype (WASP0) I: Analysis of the Pegasus Field
The radial velocity data comes from the initial follow-up spectroscopy of CoRoT planet candidates with the SOPHIE and HARPS spectrographs, presented in Barge et al. (2008), and a measurement of the spectroscopic transit with the Keck 1 telescope.
The spin-orbit angle of the transiting hot jupiter CoRoT-1b
Since we use the same values of the spectroscopic parameters of the host star as Barge et al. (2008), a significant update will depend on an improved determination of the spectroscopic parameters.
The spin-orbit angle of the transiting hot jupiter CoRoT-1b
Barg and Forney investigated another lower bound for the binary symmetric channel (BSC), called the “typical” random coding bound.
Error Exponent for Multiple-Access Channels:Lower Bounds