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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.]
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