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1keel

verb \ˈkēl\

Definition of KEEL

chiefly dialect
:  cool

Origin of KEEL

Middle English kelen, from Old English cēlan, from cōl cool
First Known Use: before 12th century

2keel

noun

Definition of KEEL

:  a flat-bottomed barge used especially on the Tyne to carry coal

Origin of KEEL

Middle English kele, from Middle Dutch kiel; akin to Old English cēol ship
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Nautical Terms

avast, aweigh, flotsam, jib, keel, lee, port, starboard, stay

3keel

noun

Definition of KEEL

1
a :  the chief structural member of a boat or ship that extends longitudinally along the center of its bottom and that often projects from the bottom; also :  this projection
b :  ship
2
:  a projection suggesting a keel; especially :  carina 1
keeled \ˈkēld\ adjective
keel·less \ˈkēl-ləs\ adjective

Origin of KEEL

Middle English kele, from Old Norse kjǫlr; akin to Old English ceole throat, beak of a ship — more at glutton
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Nautical Terms

avast, aweigh, flotsam, jib, lee, port, starboard, stay

4keel

verb

Definition of KEEL

intransitive verb
1
:  to fall in or as if in a faint —usually used with over
2
:  to heel or lean precariously

First Known Use of KEEL

1832

Other Nautical Terms

avast, aweigh, flotsam, jib, keel, lee, port, starboard, stay

5keel

noun

Definition of KEEL

chiefly dialect
:  red ocher

Origin of KEEL

Middle English (Scots) keyle
First Known Use: 15th century
KEEL[3] Defined for Kids

keel

noun \ˈkēl\

Definition of KEEL for Kids

:  a long heavy piece of wood or metal that runs along and usually sticks out from the center of the bottom of a ship
Medical Dictionary

keel

noun \ˈkēl\

Medical Definition of KEEL

:  acute septicemic salmonellosis or paratyphoid of ducklings marked by sudden collapse and death of apparently healthy birds—called also keel disease

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