Bulkhead definition

bŭlkhĕd
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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.

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(chiefly new england) A horizontal or sloping structure providing access to a cellar stairway.
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A wall or an embankment, as in a mine or along a waterfront, that acts as a protective barrier.
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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.
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A partition or wall serving a similar purpose in a vehicle, such as an aircraft or spacecraft.
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A wall or embankment for holding back earth, fire, water, etc.
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A boxlike structure built over an opening, as at the head of a staircase, elevator shaft, etc.
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A similar partition in an aircraft or spacecraft.
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Mechanically, a partition or panel through which connectors pass, or a connector designed to pass through a partition.
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A pressure-resistant sealed barrier to any fluid in a large structure.
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A retaining wall along a waterfront.
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Any of the upright partitions separating parts of a ship, airplane, etc. as for protection against fire or leakage.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
bulkhead
Plural:
bulkheads

Origin of bulkhead

  • bulk stall, partition (perhaps of Scandinavian origin) head

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • bulk +‎ head

    From Wiktionary