1. The protuberant part of a cask, which is usually in the middle.
2. Naut. That part of a ship's hull or bottom which is broadest and most nearly flat, and on which she would rest if aground.
3. Bilge water.
Bilge free Naut., stowed in such a way that the bilge is clear of everything; -- said of a cask.
Bilge pump, a pump to draw the bilge water from the gold of a ship.
Bilge water Naut., water which collects in the bilge or bottom of a ship or other vessel. It is often allowed to remain till it becomes very offensive.
Bilge ways, the timbers which support the cradle of a ship upon the ways, and which slide upon the launching ways in launching the vessel.
Bilge v. i. [imp. & p. p. Bilged p. pr. & vb. n. Bilging.]
1. Naut. To suffer a fracture in the bilge; to spring a leak by a fracture in the bilge.
2. To bulge.
Bilge, v. t.
1. Naut. To fracture the bilge of, or stave in the bottom of (a ship or other vessel).
2. To cause to bulge.
n 1: water accumulated in the bilge of a ship [syn: bilge water]
2: where the sides of the vessel curve in to form the bottom
v 1: cause to leak; "the collision bilged the vessel"
2: take in water at the bilge; "the tanker bilged" [syn: take