bulk·​head | \ˈbəlk-ˌhed, ˈbəl-ˌked \

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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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 The house is on Little Fresh Pond, an inlet off Peconic Bay in Southampton, and its bulkhead allows Dr. Smith, an avid fisherman, to dock his 27-foot fishing boat at home. New York Times, "For Some in the Hamptons, It’s Not a Home Without a Dock," 18 May 2018 And, as to potential mechanical collapses, the giant pipe is broken up by bulkheads, to prevent one flooded section from dragging down the whole apparatus. James Rainey /, NBC News, "A young Dutch inventor wants to clean plastic from the ocean. Can he do it?," 13 June 2018 More than 67 percent of Central Puget Sound has been hardened along the shoreline with rock and sea walls and bulkheads. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Lawsuit seeks more review of projects that ‘armor’ Puget Sound shoreline," 22 May 2018 Some commenters on Facebook noted that the lake is wrapped in bulkhead, eliminating a shoreline for animals to get in and out of. William Axford, Houston Chronicle, "Video: Walden man saves deer from drowning," 7 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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The first known use of bulkhead was in the 15th century

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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 \

Kids Definition of bulkhead

: a wall separating sections in a ship

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