Definitions for kentledgeˈkɛnt lɪdʒ
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
scrap metal or pig iron used as ballast.
Category: Nautical, Navy
Origin of kentledge:
1600–10; orig. uncert.
Weights (often scrap or pig iron) used as permanent ballast on ships.
A system of weights (usually concrete or cast-iron blocks) used for load-testing piled foundations.
Origin: From quintelage
pigs of iron used for ballast