The keel of this boat under construction is clearly visable.
- 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 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 kj?lr ; 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 g?l?, 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 c?l, ruddle
transitive verbkeeled, keel·ing, keels Chiefly British
Origin of keelMiddle English kelen, from Old English c&emacron;lan, to cool; see gel- in Indo-European roots.
- 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.
- 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 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)