bulk·​head | \ ˈbəlk-ˌhed How to pronounce bulkhead (audio) , ˈbəl-ˌked How to pronounce bulkhead (audio) \

Definition of bulkhead

1 : an upright partition separating compartments
2 : a structure or partition to resist pressure or to shut off water, fire, or gas
3 : a retaining wall along a waterfront
4 : a projecting framework with a sloping door giving access to a cellar stairway or a shaft

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According to Guilfoyle, the best place for families to sit is just behind the bulkhead—AKA the wall of the plane separating different types of seating, like first class and coach. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "How To Survive a Long-Haul Flight With Kids, According to An Emirates Flight Attendant," 29 Apr. 2019 Several environmental groups filed suit Monday in federal court seeking to expand permit review by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to thousands of miles of shoreline when a new bulkhead or seawall is considered. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Lawsuit seeks more review of projects that ‘armor’ Puget Sound shoreline," 22 May 2018 Another bathroom was designed around a circular bulkhead space between the second and third floors. New York Times, "House Hunting in … Italy," 27 June 2018 Goals include improving safety, accommodating various types and sizes of watercraft, removing silt from the launch, shoring up or replacing the bulkhead and providing accessibility for the disabled. Houston Chronicle Staff, Houston Chronicle, "League City to hold public meeting Thursday on boat ramp improvements," 27 June 2018 The work has been performed regularly since the 1990s to redistribute naturally shifting sands and maintain a line of bulkheads and dunes that block the roughest surf from reaching beachfront property. Scott Dance, Washington Post, "A wider, deeper beach awaits Ocean City vacationers, but is it safe?," 1 June 2018 Instead of old-fashioned concrete bulkheads, more than an acre of native plantings protect the shoreline of Phase 2. Helene Stapinski, New York Times, "On the Resilient Waterfront," 31 May 2018 Torn carpets and wallpaper lines the decks and bulkheads. Washington Post, "Ex-Yugo autocratic leader’s iconic yacht given new life," 23 May 2018 Milazzo also disagreed with landowners' requests to install dams or bulkheads across the canals. Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com, "Pipeline firms must pay minimal damages, repair only 10 acres of wetlands: federal judge," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of bulkhead

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bulkhead

bulk (structure projecting from a building) + head

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English Language Learners Definition of bulkhead

: a wall that separates the different parts of a ship or aircraft


bulk·​head | \ ˈbəlk-ˌhed How to pronounce bulkhead (audio) \

Kids Definition of bulkhead

: a wall separating sections in a ship

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