- 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.
- bile ducts,
- bile pigment,
- bile salt,
- bilge board,
- bilge keel,
- bilge pump,
- bilge water,
- bilge well
Origin of bilge
Examples from the Web for bilges
The ship had not been pumped for eight months, but there was no water and not much ice in the bilges.South!|Sir Ernest Shackleton
The air was foul below, reeking of the bilges, and the main room was incredibly filthy.Blackbeard: Buccaneer|Ralph D. Paine
If he could pump from the bilges this coming up would be unnecessary.On Yachts and Yacht Handling|Thomas Fleming Day
This manifold, connecting the pump with the bilges, was intended only for emergency use.The Best Short Stories of 1917|Various
The bilge-water reeked and rotted in the bilges, filling the whole ship with its indescribable stench.On the Spanish Main|John Masefield
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.)).