bilge /bɪldʒ/

b

I. noun

1. the area on the outer surface of a ship’s hull where the bottom curves to meet the vertical sides.
2. ( bilges) the lowest internal portion of the hull.
3. (also bilge water) [ mass noun] dirty water that collects inside the bilges.
4. [ mass noun]
‹informal› nonsense; rubbish

romantic bilge dreamed up by journalists.
II. verb [with obj.]

1.
‹archaic› break a hole in the bilge of (a ship).
– origin late 15th cent.: probably a variant of bulge.

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