American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The amount of liquid within a container that is lost, as by leakage, during shipment or storage.
- n. The amount by which a container, such as a bottle, cask, or tank, falls short of being full.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In com., the wantage of a cask, or the estimated measure of the empty part of a cask of liquor.
- n. In a wine bottle, the empty space between the cork and the top of the wine.
- n. In a cask or barrel, the empty space, occupied by air, that is created by not completely filling the cask or barrel
- n. The topping-up of such a barrel with fresh wine
- n. In an industrial setting, the empty space in a tank, such as for fuel
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Com.) The amount which a vessel, as a cask, of liquor lacks of being full; wantage; deficiency.
- n. the amount that a container (as a wine bottle or tank) lacks of being full
- From Middle English ulage, from Anglo-Norman ullage, from *ullier (“to fill a partially empty cask”), from Old French oel ("bunghole", literally, "eye"), from Latin oculus ("eye"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English ulage, from Old French ouillage, from ouiller, to fill up a cask, from ouil, eye, bunghole, from Latin oculus, eye; see okw- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“NASA said the word "ullage" comes from the French term "ouillage," used in winemaking to describe the space between wine and the top of a storage container.”
“The word "ullage" is taken from the French term "ouillage," which is used in winemaking to describe the space between wine and the top of a storage container, such as a barrel or bottle.”
“NASA said the word "ullage" comes from the French term "ouillage," used in winemaking to describe the space between wine and the top of a storage container. In this case, it refers to the space at the top of the first stage fuel tank and the need to push the fuel to the bottom of the tank. ”
“This 750ml bottle was stored in a cool cellar since purchase and had good ullage.”
“Courtesy of Octavian Backlit photography clearly shows ullage level and label quality "One of the great advantages of having an underground storage facility as opposed to an above-ground warehouse," says Mr. Greer, "is that a thief can't just take a large vehicle and smash their way in.”
“Where the wax seal had broken there would be significant ullage and often spoiled product.”
“Where the wax dipping had remained perfectly intact, there was minimal ullage and invariably sound wine.”
“Lead capsule, hand blown glass, under the shoulder fill – some serious ullage – NEVER topped up.”
““The ullage of the pedagogical recitation was this: no shibboleths in soliloquies.””
“All air is carefully excluded from the casks, any ullage is immediately checked, and as evaporation is continually going on the casks are examined every fortnight, when any deficiency is at once replenished.”
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