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kent·ledge

 (kĕnt′lĭj)
n. Nautical
Pig iron used as permanent ballast.

[Origin unknown.]
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kentledge

(ˈkɛntlɪdʒ)
n
(Nautical Terms) nautical scrap metal used as ballast in a vessel
[C17: perhaps from Old French quintelage ballast, from quintal hundredweight, ultimately from Arabic qintār; see kantar]
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kent•ledge

(ˈkɛnt lɪdʒ)

n.
scrap metal or pig iron used as ballast.
[1600–10; orig. uncertain]
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She is ballasted with utilities; not altogether with unusable pig-lead and kentledge. She carries years' water in her.
KENTLEDGE A Fine soda-ash B Obsolete bugle C Pig-iron used as ship's ballast who am I?
In this study, the axial load was applied by using a reaction system consisting of four parts, as shown in Figure 6: the kentledge, load transmission beam, hydraulic jacks, and automatic control system.
They also expected to find the Nimble's iron kentledge, the typical ballast of British warships of that time, but didn't, possibly because treasure hunters or people salvaging metal picked it up in the years before the area was protected as a park.
The load frame consisted of a kentledge system and a hydraulic jack.
She is ballasted with utilities; not altogether with unusable pig-lead and kentledge.