from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One of the upright partitions dividing a ship into compartments and serving to add structural rigidity and to prevent the spread of leakage or fire.
- n. A partition or wall serving a similar purpose in a vehicle, such as an aircraft or spacecraft.
- n. A wall or an embankment, as in a mine or along a waterfront, that acts as a protective barrier.
- n. Chiefly New England A horizontal or sloping structure providing access to a cellar stairway.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A vertical partition dividing the hull into separate compartments; often made watertight to prevent excessive flooding if the ship's hull is breached.
- n. A similar partition in an aircraft or spacecraft.
- n. Mechanically, a partition or panel through which connectors pass, or a connector designed to pass through a partition.
- n. A pressure-resistant sealed barrier to any fluid in a large structure.
- n. A retaining wall along a waterfront.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A partition in a vessel, to separate apartments on the same deck.
- n. A structure of wood or stone, to resist the pressure of earth or water; a partition wall or structure, as in a mine; the limiting wall along a water front.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A partition.
- n. A water-face of a wharf, pier, or sea-wall.
- n. A horizontal or inclined door giving access from the outside of a house to the cellar.
- n. In hydraulic mining the pressure-box or -tank at the end of a water-ditch or flume from which the water-pipes lead to the nozles.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a partition that divides a ship or plane into compartments
bulk, stall, partition (perhaps of Scandinavian origin) + head.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
bulk + head (Wiktionary)