WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
keel1 /kil/USA pronunciation n. [countable]
  1. 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.

v.  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.
  1. Idiomson an even keel, in a steady or stable state:to keep things on an even keel.

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keel /kiːl/ n
  1. 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
  2. on an even keelwell-balanced; steady
  3. any structure corresponding to or resembling the keel of a ship, such as the central member along the bottom of an aircraft fuselage
  4. a ridgelike part; carina
  1. to capsize

See also keel overEtymology: 14th Century: from Old Norse kjölr; related to Middle Dutch kiel, keel²
keel /kiːl/ n Eastern Brit dialect
  1. a flat-bottomed vessel, esp one used for carrying coal
  2. a measure of coal equal to about 21 tons
Etymology: 14th Century kele, from Middle Dutch kiel; compare Old English cēol ship

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