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Meaning of KEEL

Pronunciation:  keel

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  one of the main longitudinal beams (or plates) of the hull of a vessel; can extend vertically into the water to provide lateral stability
  2. [n]  the median ridge on the breastbone of birds that fly
  3. [v]  walk as if unable to control one's movements

KEEL is a 4 letter word that starts with K.


 Synonyms: careen, lurch, reel, stagger, swag
 See Also: beam, bilge keel, carina, carinate, carinate bird, fin keel, flying bird, hull, walk



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Keel\ (k[=e]l), v. t. & i. [AS. c[=e]lan to cool, fr.
    c[=o]l cool. See {Cool}.]
    To cool; to skim or stir. [Obs.]
          While greasy Joan doth keel the pot.     --Shak.
  2. \Keel\, n.
    A brewer's cooling vat; a keelfat.
  3. \Keel\, n. [Cf. AS. ce['o]l ship; akin to D. & G. kiel
    keel, OHG. chiol ship, Icel. kj[=o]ll, and perh. to Gr.
    gay^los a round-built Ph[oe]nician merchant vessel, gaylo`s
    bucket; cf. Skr. g[=o]la ball, round water vessel. But the
    meaning of the English word seems to come from Icel. kj["o]lr
    keel, akin to Sw. k["o]l, Dan. kj["o]l.]
    1. (Shipbuilding) A longitudinal timber, or series of timbers
       scarfed together, extending from stem to stern along the
       bottom of a vessel. It is the principal timber of the
       vessel, and, by means of the ribs attached on each side,
       supports the vessel's frame. In an iron vessel, a
       combination of plates supplies the place of the keel of a
       wooden ship. See Illust. of {Keelson}.
    2. Fig.: The whole ship.
    3. A barge or lighter, used on the Type for carrying coal
       from Newcastle; also, a barge load of coal, twenty-one
       tons, four cwt. [Eng.]
    4. (Bot.) The two lowest petals of the corolla of a
       papilionaceous flower, united and inclosing the stamens
       and pistil; a carina. See {Carina}.
    5. (Nat. Hist.) A projecting ridge along the middle of a flat
       or curved surface.
    {Bilge keel} (Naut.), a keel peculiar to ironclad vessels,
       extending only a portion of the length of the vessel under
       the bilges. --Ham. Nav. Encyc.
    {False keel}. See under {False}.
    {Keel boat}.
       (a) A covered freight boat, with a keel, but no sails,
           used on Western rivers. [U. S.]
       (b) A low, flat-bottomed freight boat. See {Keel}, n., 3.
    {Keel piece}, one of the timbers or sections of which a keel
       is composed.
    {On even keel}, in a level or horizontal position, so that
       the draught of water at the stern and the bow is the same.
       --Ham. Nav. Encyc.
  4. \Keel\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Keeled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To traverse with a keel; to navigate.
    2. To turn up the keel; to show the bottom.
    {To keel over}, to upset; to capsize. [Colloq.]
  5. \Keel\, n. (A["e]ronautics)
    In a dirigible, a construction similar in form and use to a
    ship's keel; in an a["e]roplane, a fin or fixed surface
    employed to increase stability and to hold the machine to its
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A ridge like the keel of a boat; in particular, a boat-shaped structure formed by fusion of the two anterior petals of a flower.
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