the amount by which a container, esp. of liquid, falls short of being full
Origin of ullageMiddle English ulage ; from Anglo-French ulliage ; from Old French ouillage, a filling up to the brim or the bunghole ; from ouiller, to fill (a cask) to the bunghole ; from ueil, an eye, figurative, figuratively bunghole ; from Classical Latin oculus, an eye
- The amount of liquid within a container that is lost, as by leakage, during shipment or storage.
- The amount by which a container, such as a bottle, cask, or tank, falls short of being full.
Origin of ullageMiddle English ulage, from Old French ouillage, from ouiller, to fill up a cask, from ouil, eye, bunghole, from Latin oculus, eye; see okw- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural ullages)
- In a wine bottle, the empty space between the cork and the top of the wine.
- In a cask or barrel, the empty space, occupied by air, that is created by not completely filling the cask or barrel
- The topping-up of such a barrel with fresh wine
- In an industrial setting, the empty space in a tank, such as for fuel