Bilge ways
Bilge Bilge, n. [A different orthography of bulge, of same origin as belly. Cf. {Belly}, {Bulge}.] 1. The protuberant part of a cask, which is usually in the middle. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

3. Bilge water. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • bilge ways — noun plural but sometimes singular in construction 1. : heavy timbers that rest on the ground ways and carry the weight of a vessel in launching compare dogshore 2. : transverse timbers or supports on which the bilge blocks travel …   Useful english dictionary

  • Bilge — Bilge, n. [A different orthography of bulge, of same origin as belly. Cf. {Belly}, {Bulge}.] 1. The protuberant part of a cask, which is usually in the middle. [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) That part of a ship s hull or bottom which is broadest and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bilge free — Bilge Bilge, n. [A different orthography of bulge, of same origin as belly. Cf. {Belly}, {Bulge}.] 1. The protuberant part of a cask, which is usually in the middle. [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) That part of a ship s hull or bottom which is broadest …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bilge pump — Bilge Bilge, n. [A different orthography of bulge, of same origin as belly. Cf. {Belly}, {Bulge}.] 1. The protuberant part of a cask, which is usually in the middle. [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) That part of a ship s hull or bottom which is broadest …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bilge water — Bilge Bilge, n. [A different orthography of bulge, of same origin as belly. Cf. {Belly}, {Bulge}.] 1. The protuberant part of a cask, which is usually in the middle. [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) That part of a ship s hull or bottom which is broadest …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ways — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. scaffolding, props, support, stays, frame, ground ways, bilge ways, sliding ways, launching ways, platform, framework, shores, struts …   English dictionary for students

  • bilge log — noun : one of the logs of the bilge ways …   Useful english dictionary

  • Bulge ways — Bulge Bulge (b[u^]lj), n. [OE. bulge a swelling; cf. AS. belgan to swell, OSw. bulgja, Icel. b[=o]lginn swollen, OHG. belgan to swell, G. bulge leathern sack, Skr. b[.r]h to be large, strong; the root meaning to swell. Cf. {Bilge}, {Belly},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bulge — (b[u^]lj), n. [OE. bulge a swelling; cf. AS. belgan to swell, OSw. bulgja, Icel. b[=o]lginn swollen, OHG. belgan to swell, G. bulge leathern sack, Skr. b[.r]h to be large, strong; the root meaning to swell. Cf. {Bilge}, {Belly}, {Billow}, {Bouge} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dogshore — n. a temporary wooden support for a ship just before launching. * * * ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun : a short timber between a block bolted to the ground ways and a similar block on one of the bilge ways to hold a ship while the keelblocks and shores are… …   Useful english dictionary

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