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bilge well

noun, Nautical
1.
bilge (def 1c).

bilge

[bilj] /bɪldʒ/
noun
1.
Nautical.
  1. either of the rounded areas that form the transition between the bottom and the sides on the exterior of a hull.
  2. Also, bilges. (in a hull with a double bottom) an enclosed area between frames at each side of the floors, where seepage collects.
  3. Also called bilge well. a well into which seepage drains to be pumped away.
  4. Also called bilge water. seepage accumulated in bilges.
2.
Slang. bilge water (def 2).
3.
the widest circumference or belly of a cask.
verb (used without object), bilged, bilging.
4.
Nautical.
  1. to leak in the bilge.
  2. (of white paint) to turn yellow.
5.
to bulge or swell out.
verb (used with object), bilged, bilging.
6.
Nautical. to damage (a hull bottom) so as to create an entry for seawater.
Origin
1505-1515
1505-15; perhaps variant of bulge
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British Dictionary definitions for bilge-well

bilge

/bɪldʒ/
noun
1.
(nautical) the parts of a vessel's hull where the vertical sides curve inwards to form the bottom
2.
(often pl) the parts of a vessel between the lowermost floorboards and the bottom
3.
Also called bilge water. the dirty water that collects in a vessel's bilge
4.
(informal) silly rubbish; nonsense
5.
the widest part of the belly of a barrel or cask
verb
6.
(intransitive) (nautical) (of a vessel) to take in water at the bilge
7.
(transitive) (nautical) to damage (a vessel) in the bilge, causing it to leak
Derived Forms
bilgy, adjective
Word Origin
C16: probably a variant of bulge
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Word Origin and History for bilge-well
bilge
1510s, "lowest internal part of a ship," also "the foulness which collects there," variant of bulge "ship's hull," also "leather bag," from O.N.Fr. boulge "leather sack," from L.L. bulga "leather sack," apparently from Gaulish bulga (see budget).
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Slang definitions & phrases for bilge-well

bilge

noun

Nonsense; worthless and vain matter; tripe, blah (1900s+)

verb

(also bilge out) To fail or expel a student (1900+ College students)

[short for bilge-water]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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