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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
keel1 /kil/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- Nautical, Naval Termsthe base at the bottom of the hull of a boat, usually a long metal or wooden bar, that extends from the back to the front and from which the sides are built.
- keel over, [no object]
- to capsize or overturn:The boat keeled over in the hurricane.
- to fall in or as if in a faint:to keel over from the heat.
- Idiomson an even keel, in a steady or stable state:to keep things on an even keel.
(kēl),USA pronunciation n.
- Nautical, Naval Termsa central fore-and-aft structural member in the bottom of a hull, extending from the stem to the sternpost and having the floors or frames attached to it, usually at right angles: sometimes projecting from the bottom of the hull to provide stability.
- [Literary.]a ship or boat.
- a part corresponding to a ship's keel in some other structure, as in a dirigible balloon.
- Astronomy(cap.) the constellation Carina.
- Botany, Zoologya longitudinal ridge, as on a leaf or bone;
- ArchitectureAlso called brace molding. a projecting molding the profile of which consists of two ogees symmetrically disposed about an arris or fillet.
- Idiomson an even keel, in a state of balance;
steadily:The affairs of state are seldom on an even keel for long.
- to turn or upset so as to bring the wrong side or part uppermost.
- keel over:
- to capsize or overturn.
- to fall as in a faint:Several cadets keeled over from the heat during the parade.
(kēl),USA pronunciation n. [Brit. Dial.]
- Old Norse kjǫlr; cognate with Old English cēol keel, ship; see keel2
- 1325–75; 1895–1900 for def. 9; Middle English kele
- British Terms, Naval Termskeelboat.
- British Termsa keelboat load of coal;
the amount of coal carried by one keelboat.
- British Terms, Weights and Measuresa measure of coal equivalent to 21 long tons and 4 hundredweight (21.5 metric tons).
(kēl),USA pronunciation v.t. [Brit. Dial.]
- Middle Dutch kiel ship; cognate with Old English cēol ship, German kiel ship (obsolete), keel1
- late Middle English kele 1375–1425
- British Termsto cool, esp. by stirring.
(kēl),USA pronunciation n.
- bef. 900; Middle English kelen, Old English cēlan to be cool; akin to cool
- a red ocher stain used for marking sheep, lumber, etc.;
- 1475–85; earlier keyle (north and Scots dialect, dialectal); compare Scots Gaelic cìl (itself perh.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
keel /kiːl/ n
- one of the main longitudinal structural members of a vessel to which the frames are fastened and that may extend into the water to provide lateral stability
- on an even keel ⇒ well-balanced; steady
- any structure corresponding to or resembling the keel of a ship, such as the central member along the bottom of an aircraft fuselage
- a ridgelike part; carina
See also keel overEtymology: 14th Century: from Old Norse kjölr; related to Middle Dutch kiel, keel²
- to capsize
keel /kiːl/ n Eastern Brit dialect
Etymology: 14th Century kele, from Middle Dutch kiel; compare Old English cēol ship
- a flat-bottomed vessel, esp one used for carrying coal
- a measure of coal equal to about 21 tons
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