The air was foul below, reeking of the bilges, and the main room was incredibly filthy.
If he could pump from the bilges this coming up would be unnecessary.
An' when the brotherhood was pea-green with seasickness I goes down into the bilges with a big auger an' scuttles the ship.
She looked bluff and heavy in the bows and her bilges turned hard, but she walked over the water, and don't you forget it.
Meantime, red and white lead paint was being applied in the bilges of the vessel.
The inner skin of the gas-tanks comes down to within a foot or two of my head and turns over just short of the turn of the bilges.
But at times they were objectionable, especially when the gin was awash in the bilges.
As she swung with the smooth undulations, blocks clattered, booms groaned, and the water in her bilges swirled noisily to and fro.
I looked at the gauge-glasses on the boilers, peered into the bilges, and found the fireman at his post in the stokehold.
Boilers, fires banked in the donkey-boilers over weekend, bilges, sea-cocks all in order; I am at liberty to enjoy my day of rest.
1510s, "lowest internal part of a ship," also used of the foulness which collects there; variant of bulge "ship's hull," also "leather bag," from Old North French boulge "leather sack," from Late Latin bulga "leather sack," apparently from Gaulish bulga (see budget (n.)).