- 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
Setting his heavy shoulders under her bilge, he gave a mighty upward heave.Down the Columbia|Lewis R. Freeman
When the bottles were opened the corks refused to pop, and nobody dared to touch the "bilge" that was within.In the Footprints of the Padres|Charles Warren Stoddard
Mayo trod carefully down the bilge and clasped the mate's hand.Blow The Man Down|Holman Day
I have known boats to be sunk by striking rocks, but they hit either the side of the bow or the bilge and stove in the plank.On Yachts and Yacht Handling|Thomas Fleming Day
Cayman's deck was sharply slanted; sometimes she lifted her lower side and one felt her bilge work in the sand.Kit Musgrave's Luck|Harold Bindloss
British Dictionary definitions for bilge
Word Origin for bilge
Word Origin and History 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.)).