Definitions for keelkil

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a central fore-and-aft structural member in the bottom of a ship's hull extending from the stem to the sternpost.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  2. a ship; boat.

  3. a part corresponding to a ship's keel in some other structure, as in a dirigible balloon.

  4. (cap.) the constellation Carina.

    Category: Astronomy

  5. Category: Botany, Zoology

    Ref: carina 1

  6. (v.i.)to turn or upset so as to bring the wrong side or part uppermost.

  7. keel over, to capsize or overturn. to fall in or as if in a faint.

    Category: Verb Phrase

Idioms for keel:

  1. on an even keel,in a steady, stable, or calm state.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of keel:

1325–75; ME kele < ON kjǫlr



  1. a flat-bottomed barge, used to carry coal.

    Category: British, Navy

* Brit. Dial..

Origin of keel:

1375–1425; late ME kele < MD kiel ship; c. OE cēol ship, OS kiol

Princeton's WordNet

  1. keel(noun)

    a projection or ridge that suggests a keel

  2. keel(noun)

    the median ridge on the breastbone of birds that fly

  3. keel(verb)

    one of the main longitudinal beams (or plates) of the hull of a vessel; can extend vertically into the water to provide lateral stability

  4. stagger, reel, keel, lurch, swag, careen(verb)

    walk as if unable to control one's movements

    "The drunken man staggered into the room"


  1. keel(Noun)

    a large beam along the underside of a shipu2019s hull from bow to stern

  2. keel(Noun)

    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

  3. keel(Noun)

    a type of flat-bottomed boat

  4. keel(Noun)

    something similar to chalk or crayon used to mark pavement

  5. keel(Verb)

    to collapse, to fall

    He keeled over after having a stroke.

  6. Origin: From kele, from kjǫlr.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Keel

    to cool; to skim or stir

  2. Keel(noun)

    a brewer's cooling vat; a keelfat

  3. Keel(noun)

    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

  4. Keel(noun)

    fig.: The whole ship

  5. Keel(noun)

    a barge or lighter, used on the Type for carrying coal from Newcastle; also, a barge load of coal, twenty-one tons, four cwt

  6. Keel(noun)

    the two lowest petals of the corolla of a papilionaceous flower, united and inclosing the stamens and pistil; a carina. See Carina

  7. Keel(noun)

    a projecting ridge along the middle of a flat or curved surface

  8. Keel(verb)

    to traverse with a keel; to navigate

  9. Keel(verb)

    to turn up the keel; to show the bottom


  1. Keel

    In boats and ships, keel can refer to either of two parts: a structural element, or a hydrodynamic element. These parts overlap. As the laying down of the keel is the initial step in construction of a ship, in British and American shipbuilding traditions the construction is dated from this event. Only the ship's launching is considered more significant in its creation. The word can also be used to refer to a complete boat, as in keelboat or Humber keel.

Anagrams of keel

  1. leek

Translations for keel

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the long supporting piece of a ship's frame that lies lengthwise along the bottom

The boat's keel stuck in the mud near the shore.

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