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bilge keel

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noun Nautical.
  1. 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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  • If her bilge-keel doesn't cooper him, her port propeller will!

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British Dictionary definitions for bilge keel

bilge keel

noun
  1. one of two keel-like projections along the bilges of some vessels to improve sideways stability
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