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keel

verb \ ˈkēl \

Definition of keel

intransitive verb
1 :to fall in or as if in a faint usually used with over
  • keeled over from exhaustion
2 of a boat or ship :to heel or lean precariously

Origin and Etymology of keel

see 2keel


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keel

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 the keel of a boat or ship; especially :an anatomical process forming a ridge :carina

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

Other Nautical Terms


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keel

noun

Definition of keel

: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

Other Nautical Terms


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keel

verb

Definition of keel

chiefly dialectal
:cool

Origin and Etymology of keel

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

Other Nautical Terms


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keel

noun

Definition of keel

chiefly dialectal

Origin and Etymology of keel

Middle English (Scots) keyle



KEEL Defined for Kids

keel

noun \ ˈkēl \

Definition of keel for Students

: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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