- The definition of a keel is the main structural part of a boat that extends the length of the bottom or a barge for freight.
- An example of a keel is the main beam at the bottom of a boat.
- An example of a keel is a barge that moves coal on water.
- Keel is defined as to fall or collapse.Keel is defined as to make something cool.
- An example of to keel is to bend over in pain.
- An example of to keep is to put hot soup in the fridge.
The keel of this boat under construction is clearly visable.
- the chief timber or steel piece extending along the entire length of the bottom of a boat or ship and supporting the frame: it sometimes protrudes beneath the hull
- Old Poet. a ship
- anything resembling a ship's keel
- the assembly of beams, girders, etc. at the bottom of a rigid or semirigid airship to prevent sagging or buckling
- Biol. a ridgelike part
Origin of keelMiddle English kele ; from Old Norse kjǫlr ; from Germanic an unverified form kelu- ; from Indo-European base an unverified form gel-, to swallow from source Classical Latin gula, throat
- to turn over or upside down; upset; capsize
- to fall over suddenly, as in a faint
on an even keel
- in or keeping an upright, level position
- steady, stable, etc.
- a flat-bottomed ship; esp., a low, flat-bottomed coal barge or lighter, used on the Tyne
- a barge load of coal
- a British unit of weight for coal, equal to 21.1 long tons
Origin of keelMiddle English kele ; from Middle Dutch kiel, boat ; from Germanic an unverified form keula ; from Indo-European an unverified form geul-, rounded vessel from source Sanskrit gōlā, ball, round jug
Origin of keelMiddle English kelen ; from Old English celan (akin to German kühlen) ; from base of col, cool
Origin of keelprobably ; from Irish or Gaelic cīl, ruddle
- Nautical a. The principal structural member of a boat or ship, running along the center of the hull from bow to stern, to which the ribs are attached.b. A projecting ridge or fin on the bottom of the hull of a boat or ship that improves directional control and is often weighted for added stability.
- The principal structural member of an aircraft, resembling a ship's keel in shape and function.
- A structure, such as the breastbone of a bird, that resembles a ship's keel in function or shape.
- A pair of united petals in certain flowers, as those of many members of the pea family.
intr. & tr.v.keeled, keel·ing, keels Nautical
Origin of keelMiddle English kele, from Old Norse kj&odie;lr.
- Nautical a. A freight barge, especially one for carrying coal on the Tyne River in England.b. The load capacity of this barge.
- A British unit of weight formerly used for coal, equal to about 21.2 long tons.
Origin of keelMiddle English kele, from Middle Dutch kiel.
transitive verbkeeled, keel·ing, keels Chiefly British
Origin of keelMiddle English kelen, from Old English cēlan, to cool; see gel- in Indo-European roots.
- (nautical) A large beam along the underside of a ship’s hull from bow to stern.
- (nautical) Sometimes, a rigid, flat piece of material anchored to the lowest part of the hull of a ship to give it greater control and stability.
- (nautical) A type of flat-bottomed boat.
- A material similar to chalk or crayon used to mark pavement.
- (zoology) The periphery of a whorl extended to form a more or less flattened plate; a prominent spiral ridge.
- (botany) The two lowest petals of the corolla of a papilionaceous flower, united and enclosing the stamens and pistil; a carina.
- A brewer's cooling vat.
(third-person singular simple present keels, present participle keeling, simple past and past participle keeled)