bilge keel

  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 .

Words Nearby bilge keel Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use bilge keel in a sentence

  • An external bilge keel about 300 feet long and 25 inches deep was fitted along the bilge amidships.

    Loss of the Steamship 'Titanic' | British Government
  • If her bilge-keel doesn't cooper him, her port propeller will!

    Blow The Man Down | Holman Day

British Dictionary definitions for bilge keel

bilge keel

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

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