bilge

noun
\ ˈbilj How to pronounce bilge (audio) \

Definition of bilge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the bulging part of a cask or barrel
2a : the part of the underwater body of a ship between the flat of the bottom and the vertical topsides
b : the lowest point of a ship's inner hull
3 : stale or worthless remarks or ideas

bilge

verb
bilged; bilging

Definition of bilge (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to become damaged in the bilge

Examples of bilge in a Sentence

Noun That magazine prints a lot of bilge about celebrities. tried to justify his unhinged tirade with a lot of stale and insincere bilge
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In a building across a gully was a wooden rowboat, its blue paint peeling and prickly pear cactus growing in the bilge. Washington Post, 4 Feb. 2022 The researchers found pieces of the ships, including bronze nails, lead pipes from a bilge pump and parts of a large iron anchor, likely broken in a storm. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Dec. 2021 For example, the vehicles must now have four operational bilge pumps and functioning emergency escape lights before going into the water. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Oct. 2021 When the AAVs did enter the ocean, one began taking on water from multiple spots, as the transmission failed and bilge pumps were overwhelmed, causing the vehicle to sink. Oren Liebermann, CNN, 7 Oct. 2021 When the AAVs did enter the ocean, one began taking on water from multiple spots, as the transmission failed and bilge pumps were overwhelmed, causing the vehicle to sink. Oren Liebermann, CNN, 7 Oct. 2021 Army Corps officials countered that the Asian carp DNA likely was coming from some other source - bird feces, contaminated bilge water, even the toilet flush of someone who had consumed the fish. jsonline.com, 30 Aug. 2021 The bilge pumps were not operational, and the AAV began taking on water. Samantha Hendrickson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 Aug. 2021 Drain all water from the boat, including the motors, bilge, live wells, and bait buckets. Abigail Rosenthal, Chron, 6 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of bilge

Noun

1513, in the meaning defined at sense 2b

Verb

1728, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bilge

Noun

probably modification of Middle French boulge, bouge leather bag, curved part — more at budget

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“Bilge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bilge. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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