Meaning of “bilge water” in the English Dictionary

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"bilge water" in English

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bilge waternoun [ U ]

uk /ˈbɪldʒ ˌwɔː.tər/ us /ˈbɪldʒ ˌwɑː.t̬ɚ/

Examples from literature

  • A pump was connected with the cylinder cooling apparatus, designed to free the cockpit of bilge water, but the pump would not work. 
  • But they dragged me along and presently I found myself chained in the midst of a line of black men and women, many feet resting in the bilge water. 
  • Harriet Penny had fainted and lay with the back of her head awash in the shallow bilge water. 
  • The place was low, not more than seven feet in height, and the slaves lay ironed in the bilge water on the bottom of the vessel. 

(Definition of “bilge water” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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