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Barge

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Barge

1. A pleasure boat; a vessel or boat of state, elegantly furnished and decorated.

2. A large, roomy boat for the conveyance of passengers or goods; as, a ships barge; a charcoal barge.

3. A large boat used by flag officers.

4. A double-decked passenger or freight vessel, towed by a steamboat.

5. A large omnibus used for excursions.

Origin: 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.