Also found in: Thesaurus, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to bilge: bilge keel, bilge pump, bilge water
a. The rounded portion of a ship's hull, forming a transition between the bottom and the sides.
b. The lowest inner part of a ship's hull.
2. Bilge water.
3. Slang Stupid talk or writing; nonsense.
4. The bulging part of a barrel or cask.
v. bilged, bilg·ing, bilg·es
1. Nautical To spring a leak in the bilge.
2. To bulge or swell.
Nautical To break open the bilge of.
[Probably alteration of bulge.]
1. (Nautical Terms) nautical the parts of a vessel's hull where the vertical sides curve inwards to form the bottom
2. (Nautical Terms) (often plural) the parts of a vessel between the lowermost floorboards and the bottom
3. (Nautical Terms) Also called: bilgewater the dirty water that collects in a vessel's bilge
4. informal silly rubbish; nonsense
5. (Brewing) the widest part of the belly of a barrel or cask
6. (Nautical Terms) (intr) nautical (of a vessel) to take in water at the bilge
7. (Nautical Terms) (tr) nautical to damage (a vessel) in the bilge, causing it to leak
[C16: probably a variant of bulge]
n., v. bilged, bilg•ing. n.
a. either of the rounded areas that form the transition between the bottom and the sides on the exterior of a hull.
b. Also, bilges. an enclosed area at the bottom of a vessel where seepage collects.
2. Also called bilge water. seepage accumulated in bilges.
3. Slang. foolish or worthless talk or ideas; nonsense.
4. the widest circumference or belly of a cask.v.i.
5. to leak in the bilge.
[1505–15; perhaps alter. of bulge]
bilge- Can mean "nonsense, rubbish."
See also related terms for rubbish.
Past participle: bilged
Switch to new thesaurus
|Noun||1.||bilge - water accumulated in the bilge of a ship|
|2.||bilge - where the sides of the vessel curve in to form the bottom|
bilges - in a vessel with two hulls, an enclosed area between the frames at each side
|Verb||1.||bilge - cause to leak; "the collision bilged the vessel"|
damage - inflict damage upon; "The snow damaged the roof"; "She damaged the car when she hit the tree"
|2.||bilge - take in water at the bilge; "the tanker bilged"|
leak - have an opening that allows light or substances to enter or go out; "The container leaked gasoline"; "the roof leaks badly"