Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.
Related to bilges: bilge water


1. Nautical
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.]

bilg′y adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bilges - in a vessel with two hulls, an enclosed area between the frames at each side
bilge - where the sides of the vessel curve in to form the bottom
References in classic literature ?
The inner skin of the gas-tanks comes down to within a foot or two of my head and turns over just short of the turn of the bilges.
Even Fleury who begat it and, unlike Magniac, died a multi-millionaire, could not explain how the restless little imp shuddering in the U-tube can, in the fractional fraction of a second, strike the furious blast of gas into a chill greyish-green liquid that drains (you can hear it trickle) from the far end of the vacuum through the eduction-pipes and the mains back to the bilges.
A cross swell had set in from the direction of Formosa Channel about ten o'clock, without disturbing these passengers much, because the Nan-Shan, with her flat bottom, rolling chocks on bilges, and great breadth of beam, had the reputation of an exceptionally steady ship in a sea-way.
Services for draining, cleaning and treatment of cases, deposits and bilges of ship San Giusto.
The haul was allegedly discovered in a seawater tank in the bilges of the vessel following intelligence from the UK and Portugal.
Richard Enser says that build-up of methane from rotting faeces in the bilges of the ship might have been the real cause of the fire.
Applications include salt and fresh water immersion service; ballast tanks; bilges and wet void areas; decks and super-structures; and underwater hulls.
The system monitors wharfs, ship channels, yards, bilges, loading and unloading platforms and access to perimeter roads," says Hector Carranza, the port's business manager, as real-time data streams by on his laptop.
The Air-Dryr is compact and perfect for cabins, bilges, basements, closets, engine rooms, and recreational vehicles.
There has been an alarming percentage of submarines that have installed unauthorized fixed 'temporary' lighting into various areas in their engine room bilges.
Keep bilges free of debris and oil, and provide adequate and proper ventilation to bilge areas; also check bilge for fuel vapors before starting engine.
com) announced today that it is going to test its fluids for cleaning bilges and treating water onboard private yachts, and/or commercial ships.