bulkhead

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noun bulk·head \ˈbəlk-ˌhed, ˈbəl-ˌked\

Definition of bulkhead

  1. 1 :  an upright partition separating compartments

  2. 2 :  a structure or partition to resist pressure or to shut off water, fire, or gas

  3. 3 :  a retaining wall along a waterfront

  4. 4 :  a projecting framework with a sloping door giving access to a cellar stairway or a shaft

Origin and Etymology of bulkhead

bulk (structure projecting from a building) + head


First Known Use: 15th century


BULKHEAD Defined for English Language Learners

bulkhead

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noun bulk·head \ˈbəlk-ˌhed, ˈbəl-ˌked\

Definition of bulkhead for English Language Learners

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


BULKHEAD Defined for Kids

bulkhead

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noun bulk·head \ˈbəlk-ˌhed\

Definition of bulkhead for Students

  1. :  a wall separating sections in a ship



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