Nautical. a central fore-and-aft structural member in the bottom of a hull, extending from the stem to the sternpost and having the floors or frames attached to it, usually at right angles: sometimes projecting from the bottom of the hull to provide stability.
Literary. a ship or boat.
a part corresponding to a ship's keel in some other structure, as in a dirigible balloon.
Keel, Astronomy. the constellation Carina.
Botany, Zoology. a longitudinal ridge, as on a leaf or bone; a carina.
Also called brace molding. Architecture. a projecting molding the profile of which consists of two ogees symmetrically disposed about an arris or fillet.
to turn or upset so as to bring the wrong side or part uppermost.
to capsize or overturn.
to fall as in a faint: Several cadets keeled over from the heat during the parade.
Idioms about keel
- keeled, adjective
Other definitions for keel (2 of 4)
the amount of coal carried by one keelboat.
a measure of coal equivalent to 21 long tons and 4 hundredweight (21.5 metric tons).
Other definitions for keel (3 of 4)
to cool, especially by stirring.
Other definitions for keel (4 of 4)
a red ocher stain used for marking sheep, lumber, etc.; ruddle.
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How to use keel in a sentence
The curragh has no keel, and a sneeze is rightly believed to be fatal to its equilibrium, but an old Aran woman and an Aran gander can rush in where Sir Isaac Newton might fear to tread.
You have to understand and bounce back from those challenges and stay pretty even keel by using your energy to have resilience.Sonos CEO Patrick Spence Sounds Off About Big Tech Behaving Badly | Joann S. Lublin | July 24, 2022 | Time
Melfi is the even keel to Tony’s volatility — a thoughtful, occasionally horrified audience surrogate.Pandemic TV hero Lorraine Bracco on why ‘The Sopranos’ was a quarantine hit and that house in Sicily she bought for a buck | Jessica M. Goldstein | April 23, 2021 | Washington Post
They sense that their ship of state is no longer on an even keel.
But, as the keel of the boats touched bottom, each boat-load dashed into the water and then into the enemy's fire.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
Robert was out there under the shed, reclining in the shade against the sloping keel of the overturned boat.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
To maintain the vessel on an even keel he introduced four vanes, called “hydroplanes,” for regulating the depth of descent.The Wonder Book of Knowledge | Various
The tip often forms an abrupt angle with the shaft and there is a keel on the dorsal surface of the tip (see figs. 5, 6).Genera and Subgenera of Chipmunks | John A. White
Microscopic examination reveals that there is a faint keel on the dorsal surface of the tip.Genera and Subgenera of Chipmunks | John A. White
British Dictionary definitions for keel (1 of 5)
one of the main longitudinal structural members of a vessel to which the frames are fastened and that may extend into the water to provide lateral stability
on an even keel well-balanced; steady
any structure corresponding to or resembling the keel of a ship, such as the central member along the bottom of an aircraft fuselage
biology a ridgelike part; carina
a poetic word for ship
- See also keel over
- keel-less, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for keel (2 of 5)
a flat-bottomed vessel, esp one used for carrying coal
a measure of coal equal to about 21 tons
British Dictionary definitions for keel (3 of 5)
red ochre stain used for marking sheep, timber, etc
to mark with this stain
British Dictionary definitions for keel (4 of 5)
an archaic word for cool
British Dictionary definitions for keel (5 of 5)
a fatal disease of young ducks, characterized by intestinal bleeding caused by Salmonella bacteria
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Other Idioms and Phrases with keel
In addition to the idiom beginning with keel
- keel over
- on an even keel
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