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 Carbon fiber is also used for the deck, the inner structural laminate of the hull, the forward bulkheads, the cabin liner, the engine hatch, the consoles, and the storage hatches. Steve Siler, Car and Driver, "Mercedes-AMG Hypercar-Inspired Cigarette Racing 515 Project One Is a Seafaring Fantasy," 15 Feb. 2018 Airline employees try to maintain space between animals, but because service dogs should ideally be seated in the bulkhead row, ideal distance can be hard to achieve. Cindy Dampier, chicagotribune.com, "New federal rules for emotional support animals on planes are coming. Here’s why veterans with service dogs support restrictions— and some disability advocates don’t," 29 Nov. 2019 The upper bulkhead of the vehicle launched into the air and plumes of vapor and cryogenic liquid were seen wafting from the spacecraft. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "SpaceX's Starship Prototype Mk1 Blows Its Top During Cryogenic Pressure Test," 22 Nov. 2019 About halfway into the process, however, some sort of failure occurred, and the top bulkhead of the vehicle broke apart and went flying away. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Corruption abounds in Vostochny, China winning launch race," 22 Nov. 2019 The explosion blasted what appeared to be an upper bulkhead high into the air above the company's seaside Boca Chica, Texas launch complex. William Harwood, CBS News, "SpaceX Starship prototype blows its top during test at Texas launch site," 21 Nov. 2019 Pieces of aluminum were flying, vapor spewed into the area and local SpaceX fans captured footage of the bulkhead landing nearby. Jackie Wattles, CNN, "SpaceX prototype blows its top during ground test mishap," 21 Nov. 2019 On Friday, the Port of Cleveland awarded a contract not to exceed $3.3 million to the Cleveland firm of Osborn Engineering to design bulkheads, plus the re-grading of the hillside, and other solutions. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "U.S. awards $9 million for Irishtown Bend stabilization; NOACA commits another $3.5 million," 22 July 2019 But steel bulkheads are crumbling or missing along parts of the river’s shipping channel. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Cleveland’s 'Vision for the Valley’ seeks answers to conflicts on land, water use along Cuyahoga River," 31 Aug. 2019

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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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28 Dec 2019

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“Bulkhead.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bulkhead. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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