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keel

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verb \ˈkēl\

Definition of keel

chiefly dialect

  1. :  cool



Origin and Etymology of keel

Middle English kelen, from Old English cēlan, from cōl cool


First Known Use: before 12th century


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keel

noun

Definition of keel

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



Origin and Etymology of keel

Middle English kele, from Middle Dutch kiel; akin to Old English cēol ship


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Nautical Terms


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keel

noun

Definition of keel

  1. 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. 2 :  a projection suggesting a keel; especially :  carina 1

keeled

play \ˈkēld\ adjective

keelless

play \ˈkēl-ləs\ adjective


Origin and Etymology 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


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keel

verb

Definition of keel

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

  3. 2 :  to heel or lean precariously



1832

First Known Use of keel

1832

Other Nautical Terms


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keel

noun

Definition of keel

chiefly dialect

  1. :  red ocher



Origin and Etymology of keel

Middle English (Scots) keyle


First Known Use: 15th century



KEEL Defined for Kids

keel

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noun \ˈkēl\

Definition of keel for Students

  1. :  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

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noun \ˈkēl\

Medical Definition of keel

  1. :  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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