Associations to the word «Keel»


KEEL, noun. (nautical) A large beam along the underside of a ship’s hull from bow to stern.
KEEL, noun. (nautical) Sometimes, a rigid, flat piece of material anchored to the lowest part of the hull of a ship to give it greater control and stability.
KEEL, noun. (aeronautics) In a dirigible, a construction similar in form and use to a ship's keel; in an aeroplane, a fin or fixed surface employed to increase stability and to hold the machine to its course.
KEEL, noun. (nautical) A type of flat-bottomed boat.
KEEL, noun. A material similar to chalk or crayon used to mark pavement.
KEEL, noun. (zoology) The periphery of a whorl extended to form a more or less flattened plate; a prominent spiral ridge.
KEEL, noun. (botany) The two lowest petals of the corolla of a papilionaceous flower, united and enclosing the stamens and pistil; a carina.
KEEL, noun. A brewer's cooling vat.
KEEL, verb. (intransitive) (followed by "over") to collapse, to fall
KEEL, verb. To traverse with a keel; to navigate.
KEEL, verb. To turn up the keel; to show the bottom.
KEEL HAUL, verb. Alternative spelling of keelhaul
KEEL OVER, verb. (intransitive) (nautical) Of a vessel: to roll so far on its side that it cannot recover; to capsize or turn turtle.
KEEL OVER, verb. (intransitive) (idiomatic) To collapse in a faint; to black out; to die.

Dictionary definition

KEEL, noun. A projection or ridge that suggests a keel.
KEEL, noun. The median ridge on the breastbone of birds that fly.
KEEL, noun. One of the main longitudinal beams (or plates) of the hull of a vessel; can extend vertically into the water to provide lateral stability.
KEEL, verb. Walk as if unable to control one's movements; "The drunken man staggered into the room".

Wise words

Words are always getting conventionalized to some secondary meaning. It is one of the works of poetry to take the truants in custody and bring them back to their right senses.
William Butler Yeats