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Meaning of BILGE

Pronunciation:  bilj

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  where the sides of the vessel curve in to form the bottom
  2. [n]  water accumulated in the bilge of a ship
  3. [v]  take in water at the bilge; of vessels
  4. [v]  cause to leak; as of vessels

BILGE is a 5 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: bilge water, take in water
 See Also: bilge, bilges, bottom, damage, H2O, leak, underside, undersurface, vessel, water, watercraft



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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
    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.
  2. \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.
  3. \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.
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