A barge is a big, flat boat that can transport heavy goods over water. You might see a barge carrying a load of new cars down a river.

Barges are useful for moving very heavy things along canals and rivers. A typical barge can hold more than a thousand tons of cargo, so it's ideal for bulky, weighty goods. Barge is also a verb, meaning both "move by barge" and "shove forward," as when you barge in the door of a crowded party or barge into your brother's room just to bother him. The root is believed to be the Greek baris, "Egyptian boat."

Primary Meanings of barge

a flatbottom boat for carrying heavy loads (especially on canals)
transport by barge on a body of water
push one's way
Full Definitions of barge

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

flatboat, hoy, lighter
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a barge (or a vessel resembling a barge) that is used for dredging
a barge that is designed and equipped for use as a dwelling
(nautical) a floating structure (as a flat-bottomed boat) that serves as a dock or to support a bridge
a barge carrying bulk materials in an open hold
Norfolk wherry, wherry
sailing barge used especially in East Anglia
Type of:
a small vessel for travel on water

v transport by barge on a body of water

Type of:
send, ship, transport
transport commercially

v push one's way

“she barged into the meeting room”
push forward, thrust ahead
Type of:
belt along, bucket along, cannonball along, hasten, hie, hotfoot, pelt along, race, rush, rush along, speed, step on it
move fast

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