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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bilge, bilge waternoun

    water accumulated in the bilge of a ship

  2. bilgeverb

    where the sides of the vessel curve in to form the bottom

  3. bilgeverb

    cause to leak

    "the collision bilged the vessel"

  4. bilge, take in waterverb

    take in water at the bilge

    "the tanker bilged"


  1. bilgenoun

    The rounded portion of a ship's hull, forming a transition between the bottom and the sides.

  2. bilgenoun

    The lowest inner part of a ship's hull.

  3. bilgenoun

    The water accumulated in the bilge, the bilge water.

  4. bilgenoun

    Stupid talk or writing; nonsense.

  5. bilgenoun

    The bulging part of a barrel or cask.

  6. bilgeverb

    To spring a leak in the bilge.

  7. bilgeverb

    To bulge or swell.

  8. bilgeverb

    To break open the bilge(s) of.

  9. Etymology: A nautical/shipbuilding term, likely derived from bulge.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Bilgeverb

    To spring a leak; to let in water, by striking upon a rock: a sea term. Stephen Skinner.

    Etymology: from the noun.


  1. Bilge

    The bilge of a ship or boat is the part of the hull that would rest on the ground if the vessel were unsupported by water. The "turn of the bilge" is the transition from the bottom of a hull to the sides of a hull. Internally, the bilges (usually used in the plural in this context) is the lowest compartment on a ship or seaplane, on either side of the keel and (in a traditional wooden vessel) between the floors.The first known use of the word is from 1513.


  1. bilge

    Bilge refers to the lowest part inside the hull of a ship or boat where water collects, potentially causing uncontrolled movements. It can also refer to pointless talk or activities, or nonsense.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bilgenoun

    the protuberant part of a cask, which is usually in the middle

  2. Bilgenoun

    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. Bilgenoun

    bilge water

  4. Bilgeverb

    to suffer a fracture in the bilge; to spring a leak by a fracture in the bilge

  5. Bilgeverb

    to bulge

  6. Bilgeverb

    to fracture the bilge of, or stave in the bottom of (a ship or other vessel)

  7. Bilgeverb

    to cause to bulge


  1. Bilge

    The bilge is the lowest compartment on a ship, below the waterline, where the two sides meet at the keel. The word was coined in 1513.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bilge

    bilj, n. the bulging part of a cask: the broadest part of a ship's bottom.—v.i. to spring a leak by a fracture in the bilge, as a ship.—ns. Bilge′-pump; Bilge′-wat′er.—adj. Bilg′y, having the appearance and disagreeable smell of bilge-water. [Most prob. conn. with Bulge.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. bilge

    That part of the floor in a ship--on either side of the keel--which approaches nearer to a horizontal than to a perpendicular direction, and begins to round upwards. It is where the floors and second futtocks unite, and upon which the ship would rest if laid on the ground; hence, when a ship receives a fracture in this part, she is said to be bilged or bulged.--Bilge is also the largest circumference of a cask, or that which extends round by the bung-hole.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bilge in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bilge in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of bilge in a Sentence

  1. Professor Pezhman Mosleh:

    Nuri Bilge Ceylan is an ocean who is becoming deeper with incredible speed and amazingly clearer by passing the time. He makes ices familiar with sea by showing “Winter Sleep”. Thanks for his existence. “All who love are relatives.”

  2. Steve Paul:

    You have no propulsion and you’re not going to have any bilge, you’re not going to have the pump inside the hull to pump water out of the boat, it’s a dead stick, dead in the water.

  3. Kevin Feldis:

    This is the first time we have charged Clean Water Act crimes for an actual discharge of oil into the EEZ (exclusive economic zone) off the coast of Alaska, as detailed in the court documents, witnesses saw a sheen off the side of the vessel after the chief engineer hooked up a pump to illegally dump oily bilge water overboard.

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