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Wikipedia Word definitions in Wikipedia
Dredging is an excavation activity usually carried out underwater, in shallow seas or freshwater areas with the purpose of gathering up bottom sediments and disposing of them at a different location. This technique is often used to keep waterways navigable. ...

The Collaborative International Dictionary Word definitions in The Collaborative International Dictionary
Dredge \Dredge\ (dr[e^]j), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dredged (dr[e^]jd); p. pr. & vb. n. Dredging .] To catch or gather with a dredge; to deepen with a dredging machine. --R. Carew. Dredging machine , a machine (commonly on a boat) used to scoop up mud, gravel, ...

Wiktionary Word definitions in Wiktionary
n. 1 That which is dredged up. 2 (context uncountable English) the act of using a dredger or excavator to dredge a harbour, river, channel or watercourse. vb. (present participle of dredge English)

Usage examples of dredging.

Dredging the sand-bar and cutting a passage in the soft coralline reef will give excellent shelter and, some say, a depth of seventeen fathoms.

He had imagined, dreamed, hallucinated, dredging up wish fulfillments from his unpenitent subconscious, and none of it had happened.

But soon she was making pots of tea, dredging up dustcloths and bottles of Windex, and feverishly running the vacuum cleaner.

Finally he looked up and noticed that the noctambulo had moved a short distance upstream from him and was grubbing about intently in the mud of the shore with its great scooplike hands, prodding and poking in it, dredging up large handfuls of mud that it turned over and over, inspecting them with almost comically deep attention.

He thought of the chill winter months spent dredging, the rise and fall of the skipjack over hard chop, the long, often frustrating search for oyster, for rockfish, for a living.

Jury had got back to Ashdown Dean to find Wiggins dredging up totally unnecessary apologies for not having got hold of him sooner.

I have always counted on my fingers and still do and I had been so nervous about this that I went to classes with the ATC in Darrowby before my callup, dredging from my schooldays horrific calculations about trains passing each other at different speeds and 71 72ALL THINGS WISE AND WONDERFUL water running in and out of bath tubs.

If the Mrachanis are slow about dredging up that Conquerors legend, it could be another six to twelve hours before he arrives.

They also whined that author Robert Sherrill downplayed the wonderfulness of Dade County while dredging up all that nasty old stuff about cocaine cowboys, Mariel murders and racial tensions.

The decrees of this Council covered a range as wide as the measures adopted for dredging the channels of the lake and preventing the encroachment of water weed, to the choice of messengers to be sent to the Gods Baal and Astarte.

Cushing lugged all these treasures back to Pennsylvania, and Hamilton Disston of Philadelphia, man made such a mess of dredging the Calusa Hatchee, paid for everything.

The past few years, various oil companies had been widening many of the bayous into navigation canals and dredging an interconnecting network of drilling and pipeline canals, often without regard for the ecosystem or the public water supplies.

But the image of men dredging the lake came to his mind, breaking the ice to search for his body.

The first hint of how abundant life is in the deep seas didn’t come until as recently as the 1960s with the invention of the epibenthic sled, a dredging device that captures organisms not just on and near the seafloor but also buried in the sediments beneath.

Dredging up her lifelong indignation at her own nonentity, she spewed a torrent of lies and fabrications and accusations intended to make the three lords seem creatures more despicable than she was.