noun Nautical.

pig iron used as permanent ballast.

Origin of kentledge

First recorded in 1600–10; origin uncertain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for kentledge



nautical scrap metal used as ballast in a vessel

Word Origin for kentledge

C17: perhaps from Old French quintelage ballast, from quintal hundredweight, ultimately from Arabic qintār; see kantar
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