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BILGE, noun [A different orthography of bulge, and belly, a protuberance.]

1. The protuberant part of a cask, which is usually in the middle.

2. The breadth of a ship's bottom, or that part of her floor which approaches to a horizontal direction, on which she would rest, if aground. Hence, when this part of a ship is fractured, she is said to be bilged.

BILGE, verb intransitive To suffer a fracture in the bilge; to spring a leak by a fracture in the bilge The term is used also when a ship has some of her timbers struck off by a rock or an anchor, and springs a leak.