kentledge

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French quintelage (ballast)

Noun[edit]

kentledge (countable and uncountable, plural kentledges)

  1. (nautical) Weights (often scrap or pig iron) used as permanent ballast on ships.
  2. A system of weights (usually concrete or cast-iron blocks) used for load-testing piled foundations.