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bulk·head

 (bŭlk′hĕd′)
n.
1.
a. One of the upright partitions dividing a ship into compartments and serving to add structural rigidity and to prevent the spread of leakage or fire.
b. A partition or wall serving a similar purpose in a vehicle, such as an aircraft or spacecraft.
2. A wall or an embankment, as in a mine or along a waterfront, that acts as a protective barrier.
3. Chiefly New England A horizontal or sloping structure on the outside of a building, providing access to a cellar stairway.

[bulk, stall, partition (perhaps of Scandinavian origin) + head.]

bulkhead

(ˈbʌlkˌhɛd)
n
1. (Nautical Terms) any upright wall-like partition in a ship, aircraft, vehicle, etc
2. (Civil Engineering) a wall or partition built to hold back earth, fire, water, etc
[C15: probably from bulk projecting framework, from Old Norse bálkr partition + head]

bulk•head

(ˈbʌlkˌhɛd)

n.
1. a wall-like construction inside a ship or airplane, as for forming watertight compartments or strengthening the structure.
2. a partition built in a subterranean passage to prevent the passage of air, water, or earth.
3. a retaining structure of timber, steel, or reinforced concrete used for shore protection.
4. a horizontal or inclined outside door over a stairway leading to a cellar.
5. a boxlike structure covering a stairwell or other opening.
[1490–1500]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bulkhead - a partition that divides a ship or plane into compartmentsbulkhead - a partition that divides a ship or plane into compartments
partition, divider - a vertical structure that divides or separates (as a wall divides one room from another)
ship - a vessel that carries passengers or freight
Translations
حاجِزٌ بَيْنَ جُزءٍ وآخر في السَّفينَه
přepážka
skillevægskot
laipiolaippa
választófal
milliòilja, skilrúm
pertvara
starpsiena
kopschot
priečinok
skott

bulkhead

[ˈbʌlkhed] N (Naut) → mamparo m

bulkhead

[ˈbʌlkhɛd] ncloison f (étanche)

bulkhead

nSchott nt; (in tunnel) → Spundwand f

bulkhead

[ˈbʌlkˌhɛd] n (Naut) → paratia

bulkhead

(ˈbalkhed) noun
a division between one part of a ship's interior and another.
References in classic literature ?
The engine, the ballast, the several accessories and apparatus appendages, the partitions and bulkheads, weigh 961.62 tons.
I be- came aware of that thought suddenly, vividly, as though each had left a little of himself between the four walls of these ornate bulkheads; as if a sort of composite soul, the soul of command, had whispered suddenly to mine of long days at sea and of anxious moments.
The smoke kept coming out through im- perceptible crevices; it forced itself through bulkheads and covers; it oozed here and there and everywhere in slender threads, in an invisible film, in an incomprehen- sible manner.
The stench of bad beef was in his nostrils, while in his ears, to the accompaniment of creaking timbers and groaning bulkheads, echoed the loud mouth-noises of the eaters.
Somewhere a boot thumped loudly and at irregular intervals against the wall; and, though it was a mild night on the sea, there was a continual chorus of the creaking timbers and bulkheads and of abysmal noises beneath the flooring.
He looked round the little cabin, at the painted beams, at the tarnished varnish of bulkheads; he looked round as if appealing to all its shabby strangeness, to the disorderly jumble of unfamiliar things that belong to an inconceivable life of stress, of power, of endeavour, of unbelief--to the strong life of white men, which rolls on irresistible and hard on the edge of outer darkness.
He said readily, that the way was to keep them off with our great shot as long as we could, and then to use our small arms, to keep them from boarding us; but when neither of these would do any longer, we would retire to our close quarters, for perhaps they had not materials to break open our bulkheads, or get in upon us.
Two coils of lead-line and a small canvas bag hung on a long lanyard, swung wide off, and came back clinging to the bulkheads. The gratings underfoot were nearly afloat; with every sweeping blow of a sea, water squirted violently through the cracks all round the door, and the man at the helm had flung down his cap, his coat, and stood propped against the gear-casing in a striped cotton shirt open on his breast.
Just then there came a loud crash and an ominous rumbling and pounding from the heart of the ship--her machinery had broken loose, and was dashing its way toward the bow, tearing out partitions and bulkheads as it went--the stern rose rapidly high above them; for a moment she seemed to pause there--a vertical shaft protruding from the bosom of the ocean, and then swiftly she dove headforemost beneath the waves.
Each of our cabins had its own looking-glass screwed to the bulkhead, and what he wanted with more of them we never could fathom.
The loaded muskets in the rack were shiningly revealed, as they stood upright against the forward bulkhead. Starbuck was an honest, upright man; but out of Starbuck's heart, at that instant when he saw the muskets, there strangely evolved an evil thought; but so blent with its neutral or good accompaniments that for the instant he hardly knew it for itself.
It was something to see him wedge the foot of the crutch against a bulkhead, and propped against it, yielding to every movement of the ship, get on with his cooking like someone safe ashore.