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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [bilj wel]
    • /bɪldʒ wɛl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [bilj wel]
    • /bɪldʒ wɛl/

Definitions of bilge-well word

  • noun bilge-well Nautical. either of the rounded areas that form the transition between the bottom and the sides on the exterior of a hull. Also, bilges. (in a hull with a double bottom) an enclosed area between frames at each side of the floors, where seepage collects. Also called bilge well. a well into which seepage drains to be pumped away. Also called bilge water. seepage accumulated in bilges. 1
  • noun bilge-well Slang. bilge water (def 2). 1
  • noun bilge-well the widest circumference or belly of a cask. 1
  • verb without object bilge-well Nautical. to leak in the bilge. (of white paint) to turn yellow. 1
  • verb without object bilge-well to bulge or swell out. 1
  • verb with object bilge-well Nautical. to damage (a hull bottom) so as to create an entry for seawater. 1

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Origin of bilge-well

First appearance:

before 1505
One of the 26% oldest English words
First recorded in 1505-15; perhaps variant of bulge

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Parts of speech for Bilge-well


bilge-well popularity

This term is known only to a narrow circle of people with rare knowledge. Only 6% of English native speakers know the meaning of this word.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

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