balanced, as a ship is floating on its designated waterline and the keel is horizontal; by extension, to have a calm even disposition
They sense that their ship of state is no longer on an even keel.
This is so arranged that by leaning toward the high point of his wing planes the aeroplane is restored to an even keel.
The set of a ship on the water, whether by the head or the stern, or on an even keel.
Then, after staggering and trembling, the Iota came on an even keel.
For the moment the poop was clear of water and the Malahini on an even keel.
"The ship still floats on an even keel," said he, pulling off his boots, and taking possession of Frank's bed.
They rounded her into the wind, where she jerked to an even keel.
The spare oar was lying ready to hand, and he had it waiting for me in the oar-lock by the time I was on an even keel again.
Meantime, as has no doubt been guessed, she was held on an even keel by loans from the Doctor.
On an even keel it climbed straight up, then suddenly it leaped forward like some great bird of prey sighting its victim.