Kevel definition

kĕvəl
(naut.) A bitt or large cleat for securing heavy lines.
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A sturdy belaying pin for the heavier cables of a ship.
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(nautical) A strong cleat to which large ropes are belayed.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
kevel
Plural:
kevels

Origin of kevel

  • Middle English kevil from Old French keville wooden peg from Latin clāvicula diminutive of clāvis key

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

  • English dialect kevil, cavel, rod, pole, a large hammer, horse's bit; compare Icelandic kefli cylinder, a stick, mangle, and Danish kievle a roller.

    From Wiktionary