Keel meaning

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A material similar to chalk or crayon used to mark pavement.
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A structure, such as the breastbone of a bird, that resembles a ship's keel in function or shape.
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To capsize or cause to capsize.
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A British unit of weight formerly used for coal, equal to about 21.2 long tons.
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To make cool.
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(old poet.) A ship.
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Anything resembling a ship's keel.
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The assembly of beams, girders, etc. at the bottom of a rigid or semirigid airship to prevent sagging or buckling.
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(biol.) A ridgelike part.
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To turn over on its side so as to turn up the keel or bottom.
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(nautical) A large beam along the underside of a ship’s hull from bow to stern.
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(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.
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(nautical) A type of flat-bottomed boat.
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(zoology) The periphery of a whorl extended to form a more or less flattened plate; a prominent spiral ridge.
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(botany) The two lowest petals of the corolla of a papilionaceous flower, united and enclosing the stamens and pistil; a carina.
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A brewer's cooling vat.
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(intransitive, followed by "over") To collapse, to fall.

He keeled over after having a stroke.

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To traverse with a keel; to navigate.
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To turn up the keel; to show the bottom.
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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.

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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.

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The principal structural member of an aircraft, resembling a ship's keel in shape and function.
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A pair of united petals in certain flowers, as those of many members of the pea family.
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keel over
  • to turn over or upside down; upset; capsize
  • to fall over suddenly, as in a faint
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on an even keel
  • in or keeping an upright, level position
  • steady, stable, etc.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

on an even keel

Origin of keel

  • Middle English kelen from Old English cēlan to cool gel- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English kele from Middle Dutch kiel

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English kele from Old Norse kjölr

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English kele, from Old Norse kjǫlr.

    From Wiktionary