—n. 1. a capacious, flat-bottomed vessel, usually intended to be pushed or towed, for transporting freight or passengers; lighter.
2. a vessel of state used in pageants: elegantly decorated barges on the Grand Canal in Venice. 3. Navy.a boat reserved for a flag officer.
4. a boat that is heavier and wider than a shell, often used in racing as a training boat.
5. New England. Chiefly Older Use.a large, horse-drawn coach or, sometimes, a bus.
—v.i. 1. to move clumsily; bump into things; collide: to barge through a crowd. 2. to move in the slow, heavy manner of a barge.
—v.t. 1. to carry or transport by barge: Coal and ore had been barged down the Ohio to the Mississippi. 2. barge in, to intrude, esp. rudely: I hated to barge in without an invitation. 3. barge into, a. Also,barge in on.to force oneself upon, esp. rudely; interfere in: to barge into a conversation. b. to bump into; collide with: He started to run away and barged into a passer-by.