Meaning of dredge

dredge

Pronunciation: (drej), [key]
— n., v., dredged, dredg•ing.
—n.
  1. Also calledany 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.
  2. a barge on which such a machine is mounted.
  3. a dragnet or other contrivance for gathering material or objects from the bottom of a river, bay, etc.
—v.t.
  1. to clear out with a dredge; remove sand, silt, mud, etc., from the bottom of.
  2. to take, catch, or gather with a dredge; obtain or remove by a dredge.
—v.i.
  1. to use a dredge.
  2. We dredged up some old toys from the bottom of the trunk.
    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.

dredge

Pronunciation: (drej), [key]
— dredged, dredg•ing.
  1. to sprinkle or coat with some powdered substance, esp. flour.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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