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, 3 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1805, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bilge keel was circa 1805

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“Bilge keel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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