- either of two keellike projections extending lengthwise along a ship's bilge, one on each side, to retard rolling.
Origin of bilge keel
First recorded in 1840–50
Also called bilge piece.
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- one of two keel-like projections along the bilges of some vessels to improve sideways stability
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