- 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.
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This resembled the old bilge-water of a ship for foulness, but both men and oxen drank of it with avidity.Robert Moffat|David J. Deane
An external bilge keel about 300 feet long and 25 inches deep was fitted along the bilge amidships.Loss of the Steamship 'Titanic'|British Government
Then at last it came alongside, and he crawled cautiously down the curve of the bilge and secured it.Blow The Man Down|Holman Day
Along about sunrise Mr. Pellett stirred in the bilge and raised a peagreen face.
Her passenger spent the night praying in the bilge; and as for her commander, he left no report.