bilge pump

noun

: a pump used to clear bilge water
The 20-foot bass fishing boat was swamped by a wave that came over the stern and overwhelmed the bilge pumpToledo Blade, 3 June 2011
Most kayakers in the United States still rely on the ubiquitous cylindrical plastic bilge pump. These are simple and reliable, and move a lot of water.Jonathan Hanson, Complete Sea Kayak Touring, 2006

Word History

First Known Use

1730, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bilge pump was in 1730

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“Bilge pump.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bilge%20pump. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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