Definition of bilge:
- That part of a ship's hull or bottom which is broadest and most nearly flat, and on which she would rest if aground.
- The protuberant part of a cask, which is usually in the middle.
- To bulge.
- To cause to bulge.
- To fracture the bilge of, or stave in the bottom of ( a ship or other vessel).
- To suffer a fracture in the bilge; to spring a leak by a fracture in the bilge.
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- "The Hole in the Wall", Arthur Morrison.
I cannot vouch for the details of her construction; but, as I heard, she was not only extremely broad in the beam, giving great battery space,- which was plain to see,- but the bilge on each side was reported to come lower than the keel, making, as it were, two hulls, side by side, so that a sarcastic critic remarked, " One good point about her is, that if she takes the ground, her keel at least is protected."- "From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life", Captain A. T. Mahan.
- "Jack Tier or The Florida Reef", James Fenimore Cooper.