- 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.
keel definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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
- 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: Middle 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: Middle English kelen ; from Old English celan (akin to German kühlen) ; from base of col, cool
Origin: probably ; from Irish or Gaelic cīl, ruddle
keel definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Nautical a. The principal structural member of a ship, running lengthwise along the center line from bow to stern, to which the frames are attached.b. A ship.
- A structure, such as the breastbone of a bird, that resembles a ship's keel in function or shape.
- The principal structural member of an aircraft, resembling a ship's keel in shape and function.
- A pair of united petals in certain flowers, as those of the pea.
Origin: Middle English kele, from Old Norse kjölr.
- 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: Middle English kele, from Middle Dutch kiel.
transitive verb keeled, keel·ing, keels Chiefly British
Origin: Middle English kelen, from Old English cēlan, to cool; see gel- in Indo-European roots.
keel - Phrases/Idioms
- 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.