: an upright partition separating compartments
: a structure or partition to resist pressure or to shut off water, fire, or gas
: a retaining wall along a waterfront
: 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 So many people would have perished if those changes weren’t put into place, lifeboats and bulkheads and things like that. Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 27 Mar. 2024 The Veranda, for example, eliminates the need for a large aft bulkhead and others on the sides, which typically enclose a conventional salon, now permitting unbroken space instead. Kevin Koenig, Robb Report, 16 Mar. 2024 With the bulkhead separating cabin from cargo, there's not much room for leaning back. Tim Stevens, Ars Technica, 5 Feb. 2024 That bulkhead is necessary to maintain cabin pressure during flight. Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 11 Jan. 2024 Here, the open pore veneer is laid at a 55-degree angle—a detail that is repeated by yet more Santos Straight Grain across the rear bulkhead of the two-seat interior. Alistair Charlton, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 As for the interior, the open-plan layout is free of any bulkheads that might interrupt flow. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 27 Feb. 2024 There’s a thick metal frame running around the outside of the keyboard, which is screwed in pace with hex bolts, echoing the bulkheads of a submarine. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 Staring at something, anything, beyond the confines of the spaceship bulkheads is a welcome relief for the mind as well as the eyes. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, 8 May 2023

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Word History


bulk (structure projecting from a building) + head

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bulkhead was in the 15th century

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“Bulkhead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bulkhead. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


bulk·​head ˈbəlk-ˌhed How to pronounce bulkhead (audio)
: a wall separating compartments
: an external structure with a sloping door leading to the cellar stairway of a house

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