Definitions of keel

  1. one of the main longitudinal beams ( or plates) of the hull of a vessel; can extend vertically into the water to provide lateral stability
  2. the median ridge on the breastbone of birds that fly
  3. walk as if unable to control one's movements; " The drunken man staggered into the room"
  4. To cool; to skim or stir.
  5. A brewer's cooling vat; a keelfat.
  6. 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.
  7. Fig.: The whole ship.
  8. The two lowest petals of the corolla of a papilionaceous flower, united and inclosing the stamens and pistil; a carina. See Carina.
  9. A projecting ridge along the middle of a flat or curved surface.
  10. To traverse with a keel; to navigate.
  11. To turn up the keel; to show the bottom.
  12. 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.
  13. The chief and lowest timber or steel plate of a vessel, extending from stem to stern and supporting the whole frame; hence, a ship; in an airship, the lowest and central part of the body of the machine; a broad, flat vessel used on the Maine coast.
  14. To furnish with a keel.
  15. To turn up the keel; turn over.
  16. The part of a ship extending along the bottom from stem to stern, and supporting the whole frame: a low flat- bottomed boat: ( bot.) the lowest petals of the corolla of a papilionaceous flower.
  17. To plough with a keel, to navigate: to turn keel upwards.
  18. Bottom timber of a ship, running the whole length.
  19. To put a keel on.
  20. To turn up the keel; as, to keel over.
  21. The lowest lengthwise member of the framework of a vessel, forming a projecting ridge along the bottom from stem to stern.
  22. The principal timber in a ship, extending from stem to stern at the bottom, and supporting the whole frame; a low, flat- bottomed vessel; the lowest petal of a papilionaceous corolla.
  23. To plough with a keel; to navigate; to turn up the keel; to show the bottom. False keel, a strong piece of timber bolted under the main keel of a vessel.
  24. The principal and lowest timber in a ship, extending from stem to stern, and supporting the whole frame; a low flat- bottomed vessel; in bot., a projecting ridge, rising along the middle of a flat or curved surface; the two lowermost, and more or less combined, petals of a papilionaceous corolla.
  25. To navigate; to turn keel upwards.
  26. The carina or breast- bone of flying birds; the boat- shaped structure formed by the two anterior petals of the Leguminosae.

Usage examples for keel

  1. The breeze that is good for the light of draught, and the breeze that is good for the deep keel, are different. – The Water-Witch or, The Skimmer of the Seas by James Fenimore Cooper
  2. The Trenton, guided apparently by an under- tow or eddy from the discharge of the Vaisingano, followed in the course of the Nipsic and Vandalia, and skirted south- eastward along the front of the shore reef, which her keel was at times almost touching. – The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 17 (of 25) by Robert Louis Stevenson Other: Andrew Lang
  3. They saw the morning break through a silver mist, standing side by side on deck with the water sweeping snow- white from their keel. – The Obstacle Race by Ethel M. Dell
  4. Three of them seized the keel of the boat, but three times were they driven from their hold by the force of the seas. – Saved by the Lifeboat by R.M. Ballantyne
  5. The inner globe, for example, maintained an even keel, no matter how the space ship as a whole moved on its rays that seemed like table legs. – Lords of the Stratosphere by Arthur J. Burks
  6. Why, vessels will sink ten or twelve feet in the mud, so that the diver has to take a hose down, and wash a tunnel out below the keel, to get a lifting- chain under. – Careers of Danger and Daring by Cleveland Moffett
  7. The Karluk started to spin about on its keel, instinct to the changing plane of the rudder. – A Man to His Mate by J. Allan Dunn
  8. Now, as the crew resumed their places, and tried to keep the oars and boathook alongside the keel, he turned to the lieutenant. – The Black Bar by George Manville Fenn
  9. Nor let behind thee stay One chariot's wing, one keel that sweeps the seas. – Medea of Euripedes by Euripedes
  10. Presently the boat also passed to the left of the correspondent with the captain clinging with one hand to the keel. – Men, Women, and Boats by Stephen Crane
  11. This he took apart nearly to the keel, shipping the frames in thirty long- boats, which the transport captains consented to surrender, together with their carpenters, for service on the Lake. – The Major Operations of the Navies in the War of American Independence by A. T. Mahan
  12. Keel- boat men on the river, they was. – The Covered Wagon by Emerson Hough
  13. No, Mrs. Eustis wouldn't faint at the notion of Inglesby, but she'd keel over like a perfect lady at the bare thought of Laurence. – Slippy McGee, Sometimes Known as the Butterfly Man by Marie Conway Oemler
  14. She had relaxed now that the transport was flying at an even keel. – Behind the Green Door by Mildred A. Wirt
  15. The reef had a forbidding aspect; but determined to explore it- since I had come so far for that especial purpose- I rowed on till the keel of the dinghy grated upon the rocks. – The Boy Tar by Mayne Reid
  16. His only chance was to dive right beneath the keel of the nearest boat and swim down the river for his life. – Middy and Ensign by G. Manville Fenn
  17. Let justice only triumph in this one regard, and our keel will grate on the shore of the Fortunate Islands, the Earthly Paradise. – The Open Secret of Ireland by T. M. Kettle
  18. As for our horses, a keel boat must be sent after these, and Monsieur Gratiot would no doubt easily arrange for this. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill