bulkhead

noun bulk·head \ ˈbəlk-ˌhed , ˈbəl-ˌked \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

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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Origin and Etymology of bulkhead

bulk (structure projecting from a building) + head


BULKHEAD Defined for English Language Learners

bulkhead

noun

Definition of bulkhead for English Language Learners

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


BULKHEAD Defined for Kids

bulkhead

noun bulk·head \ ˈbəlk-ˌhed \

Definition of bulkhead for Students

: a wall separating sections in a ship


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