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Definition for bilge-well (2 of 2)
[ bilj ]
/ bɪldʒ /
- 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.
Slang. bilge water(def 2).
the widest circumference or belly of a cask.
verb (used without object), bilged, bilg·ing.
- to leak in the bilge.
- (of white paint) to turn yellow.
to bulge or swell out.
verb (used with object), bilged, bilg·ing.
Nautical. to damage (a hull bottom) so as to create an entry for seawater.
Origin of bilge
First recorded in 1505–15; perhaps variant of bulge
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British Dictionary definitions for bilge-well
/ (bɪldʒ) /
nautical the parts of a vessel's hull where the vertical sides curve inwards to form the bottom
(often plural) the parts of a vessel between the lowermost floorboards and the bottom
Also called: bilge water the dirty water that collects in a vessel's bilge
informal silly rubbish; nonsense
the widest part of the belly of a barrel or cask
(intr) nautical (of a vessel) to take in water at the bilge
(tr) nautical to damage (a vessel) in the bilge, causing it to leak
Derived Formsbilgy, adjective
Word Origin for bilge
C16: probably a variant of bulge
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