Keel

Definition of Keel

Pronunciation: kēl
v. t. & i.1.To cool; to skim or stir.
While greasy Joan doth keel the pot.
- Shak.
n.1.A brewer's cooling vat; a keelfat.
1.(Shipbuilding) A longitudinal timber, or series of timbers scarfed together, extending from stem to stern along the bottom of a vessel. It is the principal timber of the vessel, and, by means of the ribs attached on each side, supports the vessel's frame. In an iron vessel, a combination of plates supplies the place of the keel of a wooden ship. See Illust. of Keelson.
2.Fig.: The whole ship.
3.A barge or lighter, used on the Tyne for carrying coal from Newcastle; also, a barge load of coal, twenty-one tons, four cwt.
4.(Bot.) The two lowest petals of the corolla of a papilionaceous flower, united and inclosing the stamens and pistil; a carina. See Carina.
5.(Nat. Hist.) A projecting ridge along the middle of a flat or curved surface.
6.(Aeronautics) In a dirigible, a construction similar in form and use to a ship's keel; in an aëroplane, a fin or fixed surface employed to increase stability and to hold the machine to its course.
Bilge keel
(Naut.) a keel peculiar to ironclad vessels, extending only a portion of the length of the vessel under the bilges.
False keel
See under False.
- Ham. Nav. Encyc.
Keel boat
a - A covered freight boat, with a keel, but no sails, used on Western rivers.
b - A low, flat-bottomed freight boat. See Keel, n., 3.
Keel piece
one of the timbers or sections of which a keel is composed.
On even keel
in a level or horizontal position, so that the draught of water at the stern and the bow is the same.
On an even keel
steady; balanced; steadily.
- Ham. Nav. Encyc.
v. i.1.To traverse with a keel; to navigate.
[imp. & p. p. Keeled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Keeling.]
2.To turn up the keel; to show the bottom.
To keel over
to upset; to capsize.

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