- 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
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.)).