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Bilge definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

BILGE, n. [A different orthography of bulge, and belly, a protuberance.]
1. The protuberant part of a cask, which is usually in the middle.
2. The breadth of a ship's bottom, or that part of her floor which approaches to a horizontal direction, on which she would rest, if aground. Hence, when this part of a ship is fractured, she is said to be bilged.
BILGE, v.i. To suffer a fracture in the bilge; to spring a leak by a fracture in the bilge. The term is used also when a ship has some of her timbers struck off by a rock or an anchor, and springs a leak.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: water accumulated in the bilge of a ship [syn: bilge, bilge water]
2: where the sides of the vessel curve in to form the bottom v
1: cause to leak; "the collision bilged the vessel"
2: take in water at the bilge; "the tanker bilged" [syn: bilge, take in water]

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: probably modification of Middle French boulge, bouge leather bag, curved part more at budget Date: 1513 1. the bulging part of a cask or barrel 2. a. the part of the underwater body of a ship between the flat of the bottom and the vertical topsides b. the lowest point of a ship's inner hull 3. stale or worthless remarks or ideas II. intransitive verb (bilged; bilging) Date: 1728 to become damaged in the bilge

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 a the almost flat part of a ship's bottom, inside or out. b (in full bilge-water) filthy water that collects inside the bilge. 2 sl. nonsense; rot (don't talk bilge). --v. 1 tr. stave in the bilge of (a ship). 2 intr. spring a leak in the bilge. 3 intr. swell out; bulge. Phrases and idioms: bilge-keel a plate or timber fastened under the bilge to prevent rolling. Etymology: prob. var. of BULGE

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Bilge Bilge (b[i^]lj), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Bilged (b[i^]ljd); p. pr. & vb. n. Bilging.] 1. (Naut.) To suffer a fracture in the bilge; to spring a leak by a fracture in the bilge. 2. To bulge.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Bilge Bilge, v. t. 1. (Naut.) To fracture the bilge of, or stave in the bottom of (a ship or other vessel). 2. To cause to bulge.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Bilge Bilge, n. [A different orthography of bulge, of same origin as belly. Cf. Belly, Bulge.] 1. The protuberant part of a cask, which is usually in the middle. 2. (Naut.) That part of a ship's hull or bottom which is broadest and most nearly flat, and on which she would rest if aground. 3. Bilge water. Bilge free (Naut.), stowed in such a way that the bilge is clear of everything; -- said of a cask. Bilge pump, a pump to draw the bilge water from the gold of a ship. Bilge water (Naut.), water which collects in the bilge or bottom of a ship or other vessel. It is often allowed to remain till it becomes very offensive. Bilge ways, the timbers which support the cradle of a ship upon the ways, and which slide upon the launching ways in launching the vessel.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(bilges) The bilge or the bilges are the flat bottom part of a ship or boat. N-COUNT

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