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bilge keel

noun, Nautical.
either of two keellike projections extending lengthwise along a ship's bilge, one on each side, to retard rolling.
Also called bilge piece.
Origin of bilge keel
1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • If her bilge-keel doesn't cooper him, her port propeller will!

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British Dictionary definitions for bilge-keel

bilge keel

one of two keel-like projections along the bilges of some vessels to improve sideways stability
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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