Origin of kentledgeFrench quintelage from quintal, quintal + -age: see -age
Origin of kentledgeOrigin unknown
(countable and uncountable, plural kentledges)
- (nautical) 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.
From Old French quintelage (“ballast”)