Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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).
  • noun The wider part or belly of a cask, which is usually in the middle.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The protuberant part of a cask, which is usually in the middle.
  • noun (Naut.) That part of a ship's hull or bottom which is broadest and most nearly flat, and on which she would rest if aground.
  • noun Bilge water.
  • noun (Naut.) stowed in such a way that the bilge is clear of everything; -- said of a cask.
  • noun a pump to draw the bilge water from the gold of a ship.
  • noun (Naut.) water which collects in the bilge or bottom of a ship or other vessel. It is often allowed to remain till it becomes very offensive.
  • noun the timbers which support the cradle of a ship upon the ways, and which slide upon the launching ways in launching the vessel.
  • intransitive verb (Naut.) To suffer a fracture in the bilge; to spring a leak by a fracture in the bilge.
  • intransitive verb To bulge.
  • transitive verb (Naut.) To fracture the bilge of, or stave in the bottom of (a ship or other vessel).
  • transitive verb To cause to bulge.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Probably alteration of bulge.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

A nautical/shipbuilding term, likely derived from bulge.

Examples

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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