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

Examples of bulkhead in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The carbon-fiber body of this example, which is no. 235 according to a plaque on the rear bulkhead, is finished in a stunning coat of Starfire Pear. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 11 Apr. 2022 Not long after, Debra Jonsson, then 57, traveling from her home in Arizona to visit her daughter, joined her by the bulkhead. CNN, 14 Mar. 2022 The stabilization could be accomplished by removing less than half of the unstable soil because the installation of a new bulkhead at the river’s edge would firm up the slope. Steven Litt, cleveland, 13 Mar. 2022 The rising water prevented the workers from using a crane to remove a bulkhead that weighs about 3 tons. Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times, 11 Feb. 2022 To accommodate this, the promenade sits atop the bulkhead built by the navy — but then there’s a set of landscaped tiers that climb five feet to the picnic tables and recreational areas. John King, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Feb. 2022 The port would also re-grade the slop and build a massive bulkhead along the river. Steven Litt, cleveland, 9 Sep. 2021 Mint Studio is part of JetBlue’s business class Mint Suite, and comprise the two bulkhead seats at the front of the cabin. Stephanie Wu, Condé Nast Traveler, 2 Oct. 2021 There is a full height, unfinished basement that runs the length of the foundation reachable by bulkhead doors in rear of the home. BostonGlobe.com, 30 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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2 May 2022

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

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

Kids Definition of bulkhead

: a wall separating sections in a ship

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