- either of the rounded areas that form the transition between the bottom and the sides on the exterior of a hull.
- Also bilges.(in a hull with a double bottom) an enclosed area between frames at each side of the floors, where seepage collects.
- Also called bilge well.a well into which seepage drains to be pumped away.
- Also called bilge water.seepage accumulated in bilges.
verb (used without object), bilged, bilg·ing.
- to leak in the bilge.
- (of white paint) to turn yellow.
verb (used with object), bilged, bilg·ing.
Origin of bilge
Examples from the Web for bilge
Historical Examples of bilge
Not that I was one who craved for wrack and bilge at my nose all the time.John Splendid
Mayo trod carefully down the bilge and clasped the mate's hand.Blow The Man Down
Well, he's dead now, he is—as dead as bilge; and who's to sail this ship, I don't see.Treasure Island
Robert Louis Stevenson
“There are worse smells than bilge water,” replied the captain.Peter Simple
The arrangement for baling out the bilge water is extremely laborious.Southern Arabia
Word Origin for bilge
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.)).