Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Nautical The rounded portion of a ship's hull, forming a transition between the bottom and the sides.
  • n. Nautical The lowest inner part of a ship's hull.
  • n. Bilge water.
  • n. Slang Stupid talk or writing; nonsense.
  • n. The bulging part of a barrel or cask.
  • intransitive v. Nautical To spring a leak in the bilge.
  • intransitive v. To bulge or swell.
  • transitive v. Nautical To break open the bilge of.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The rounded portion of a ship's hull, forming a transition between the bottom and the sides.
  • n. The lowest inner part of a ship's hull.
  • n. The water accumulated in the bilge, the bilge water.
  • n. Stupid talk or writing; nonsense.
  • n. The bulging part of a barrel or cask.
  • v. To spring a leak in the bilge.
  • v. To bulge or swell.
  • v. To break open the bilge(s) of.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The protuberant part of a cask, which is usually in the middle.
  • n. That part of a ship's hull or bottom which is broadest and most nearly flat, and on which she would rest if aground.
  • n. Bilge water.
  • intransitive v. To suffer a fracture in the bilge; to spring a leak by a fracture in the bilge.
  • intransitive v. To bulge.
  • transitive v. To fracture the bilge of, or stave in the bottom of (a ship or other vessel).
  • transitive v. To cause to bulge.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Nautical, to suffer a fracture in the bilge; spring a leak by a fracture in the bilge.
  • To bulge or swell out.
  • To break or stave in (the bilge or bottom of a ship).
  • n. The wider part or belly of a cask, which is usually in the middle.
  • n. The breadth of a ship's bottom, or that part of her floor which approaches a horizontal direction, and on which she would rest if aground.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. take in water at the bilge
  • n. water accumulated in the bilge of a ship
  • n. where the sides of the vessel curve in to form the bottom
  • v. cause to leak

Etymologies

Probably alteration of bulge.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
A nautical/shipbuilding term, likely derived from bulge. (Wiktionary)

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  • Worthless talk or writing, tripe; blah. From a seafaring term, universally known by 1920: to fail or expel a student.

    July 16, 2008