What does keel mean?

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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

  10. Origin: [Cf. AS. cel ship; akin to D. & G. kiel keel, OHG. chiol ship, Icel. kjll, and perh. to Gr. gay^los a round-built Phnician merchant vessel, gaylo`s bucket; cf. Skr. gla ball, round water vessel. But the meaning of the English word seems to come from Icel. kjlr keel, akin to Sw. kl, Dan. kjl.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Keel

    kēl, n. the part of a ship extending along the bottom from stem to stern, and supporting the whole frame: a low flat-bottomed boat: a Tyne coal-barge: a ship generally: (bot.) the lowest petals of the corolla of a papilionaceous flower.—v.t. or v.i. to plough with a keel, to navigate: to turn keel upwards.—n. Keel′age, dues for a keel or ship in port.—adj. Keeled (bot.) keel-shaped: having a prominence on the back.—ns. Keel′er, Keel′man, one who works on a barge.—v.t. Keel′haul, to punish by hauling under the keel of a ship by ropes from the one side to the other: to treat a subordinate in a galling manner. [A.S. ceól, a ship; Ger. and Dut. kiel; prob. confused with Ice. kiölr, a keel.]

  2. Keel

    kēl, v.t. (Shak.) to cool. [A.S. célan, to chill.]

  3. Keel

    kēl, n. (Scot.) red chalk, ruddle.—v.t. to mark with ruddle. [Prob. Gael. cil, ruddle.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of keel in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of keel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Yiddish Proverb:

    If all pulled in one direction, the world would keel over.

  2. Colin Robertson:

    They (the Americans) are desperate to try and get this relationship back on an even keel.

  3. Vinod Nair:

    Overall improving liquidity and likely window dressing by funds may keep equities at a higher keel till 2014 ends.

  4. David Adger, Core Syntax: A Minimalist Approach:

    Of course we can keep this going, in principle, forever. In practice we will keel over from exhaustion, boredom, or death.

  5. Jerry Brown:

    We did have some serious differences, but at the end of the day it's my job to keep this budget on an even keel. At the end of the day I've got to sign or not sign.

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