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reserve buoyancy

noun, Nautical.
the difference between the volume of a hull below the designed waterline and the volume of the hull below the lowest opening incapable of being made watertight.
Origin of reserve buoyancy
First recorded in 1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • When full, we still have three hundred pounds reserve buoyancy, and would have to go ahead and steer down.

    The Wreck of the Titan Morgan Robertson

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