Definition of Bulkhead

1. Noun. A partition that divides a ship or plane into compartments.

Generic synonyms: Divider, Partition
Group relationships: Ship

Definition of Bulkhead

1. n. A partition in a vessel, to separate apartments on the same deck.

Definition of Bulkhead

1. Noun. (nautical) A vertical partition dividing the hull into separate compartments; often made watertight to prevent excessive flooding if the ship's hull is breached. ¹

2. Noun. A similar partition in an aircraft or spacecraft. ¹

3. Noun. Mechanically, a partition or panel through which connectors pass, or a connector designed to pass through a partition. ¹

4. Noun. A pressure-resistant sealed barrier to any fluid in a large structure. ¹

5. Noun. A retaining wall along a waterfront. ¹

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Definition of Bulkhead

1. an upright partition in a ship [n -S]

Medical Definition of Bulkhead

1. 1. A partition in a vessel, to separate apartments on the same deck. 2. A structure of wood or stone, to resist the pressure of earth or water; a partition wall or structure, as in a mine; the limiting wall along a water front. Bulked line, a line beyond which a wharf must not project; usually, the harbor line. See: Bulk part of a building. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Bulkhead

bulk carriers
bulk density
bulk large
bulk liquid
bulk liquids
bulk mail
bulk modulus
bulk out
bulk technology
bulk up
bulkhead (current term)
bulkhead line
bulkie roll
bulkie rolls

Literary usage of Bulkhead

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Practical Shipbuilding: A Treatise on the Structural Design and Building of by A. Campbell Holms (1918)
"The term "bulkhead" is used indifferently for all vertical partitions, whether of wood or iron, but more particularly for the important transverse ones ..."

2. Steel Ships: Their Construction and Maintenance : a Manual for Shipbuilders by Thomas Walton (1908)
"Owing to the pressure of water upon a bulkhead in a flooded compartment being ... The riveting of both lap edges and lap butts of bulkhead plating is ..."

3. Report by California, State Board of Harbor Commissioners (1916)
"In connection with the repairs to this pier, a new bulkhead wharf building, ... A reinforced concrete bulkhead wharf, 44 feet wide and 363 feet long, ..."

4. Public Improvements for the Metropolitan District: Report of the Commission by Metropolitan Improvements Commission, Massachusetts (1909)
"The location of the southerly bulkhead line, as proposed, between Warren bridge ... This line follows the actual bulkhead immediately west of Warren bridge, ..."

5. San Francisco Harbor, Its Commerce and Docks: With a Complete Plan for by Luther Wagoner, William Henry Heuer (1908)
"Between Fort Mason and Presidio the deep water is close t'i the bulkhead line. ... Plan E—The establishment of the bulkhead and pierhead lines farther out ..."

6. History of California by Hubert Howe Bancroft (1890)
"He was, indeed, pledged to use his influence against the obnoxious bulkhead scheme,*which at that juncture 1 Milton S. Latham was born in Ohio, May 23, ..."

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