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

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