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 work includes the addition of a bulkhead, dock and pier reconstruction and a rock breakwater. Kim Chatelain | Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "Land preservation will also save Madisonville's beloved lighthouse at the river," 6 Dec. 2020 And that's where Grosjean's remained, protected by a carbon-fiber bulkhead. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "How Romain Grosjean walked away from F1’s scariest crash in decades," 30 Nov. 2020 Design elements proposed include a shoreline reduction bulkhead; a dock and pier reconstruction; and a rock breakwater. Staff Reports, NOLA.com, "Parish Council upholds Dove Park Ridge rezoning," 16 Nov. 2020 The van will have Alexa integration, delivery optimization software, and safety features including a bulkhead door and multiple cameras for a 360-degree view around the van. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Amazon Shows Prototype of Its Rivian-Built Electric Delivery Van," 8 Oct. 2020 The existing bulkhead on the west bank of Bayou Castine, which runs from the lake to the Jackson Street Boat Launch, is made of wood and is no longer stable, deGeneres said. Kim Chatelain | Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "City spending more than $900,000 to repair harbor in Mandeville," 27 Sep. 2020 And rear hatches become vestigial doors that lead to the secondary bulletproof rear bulkhead inside. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "Are Armored Vehicles Like President Trump's 'Hermetically Sealed'?," 6 Oct. 2020 The car is utterly silent, thanks to 220 pounds of acoustic damping, plus double glazing and felt insulation within a twin-section of floor and bulkhead. Hannah Elliott, Bloomberg.com, "Rolls-Royce Tones Down $332,500 Ghost in Latest Bid for Relevance," 30 Sep. 2020 An approximately $1 million project is underway to repair the deteriorating bulkhead in the boat harbor where Bayou Castine feeds into Lake Pontchartrain in Mandeville. Kim Chatelain | Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "City spending more than $900,000 to repair harbor in Mandeville," 27 Sep. 2020

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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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“Bulkhead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bulkhead. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce bulkhead (audio) \

Kids Definition of bulkhead

: a wall separating sections in a ship

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