bilge keel

noun

Definition of bilge keel

: a projection like a fin extending from the hull near the turn of the bilge on either side to check rolling

Examples of bilge keel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her results showed that having no bilge keels had more rocking than without. Michael Walsh, Courant Community, "Saint Timothy Middle School Students Excel At Connecticut Science Fair," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of bilge keel

circa 1805, in the meaning defined above

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“Bilge keel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bilge%20keel. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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