- The definition of a bulkhead is a wall, embankment or partition used to protect against slippage, fire or flood.
An example of bulkhead is a rock retaining wall.
bulkhead definition by Webster's New World
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- any of the upright partitions separating parts of a ship, airplane, etc. as for protection against fire or leakage
- a wall or embankment for holding back earth, fire, water, etc.
- ☆ a boxlike structure built over an opening, as at the head of a staircase, elevator shaft, etc.
Origin: bulk plush head
bulkhead definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. One of the upright partitions dividing a ship into compartments and serving to add structural rigidity and to prevent the spread of leakage or fire.b. A partition or wall serving a similar purpose in a vehicle, such as an aircraft or spacecraft.
- A wall or an embankment, as in a mine or along a waterfront, that acts as a protective barrier.
- Chiefly New England A horizontal or sloping structure providing access to a cellar stairway.
Origin: bulk, stall, partition (perhaps of Scandinavian origin) + head.