Origin of keelson
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A nautical term for the holes cut in the flooring in a ship above the keelson, to allow water to drain to the pumps.
Be careful that the ends of the boards are nailed to the keelson at the opening.
Saw out the mould carefully, and in the centre of the bottom cut a mortise two inches by one-half for the keelson to fit in.The Boy Craftsman|A. Neely Hall
And besides, he was rigged out from main truck to keelson in the nobbiest clothes that ever saw a fo'castle.Some Rambling Notes of an Idle Excursion|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
A sudden shift of the rudder shook the Vulcan from peak to keelson.The Cruise of the Dry Dock|T. S. Stribling
British Dictionary definitions for keelson
Word Origin for keelson
Word Origin and History for keelson
also kelson, 1620s, altered (by influence of keel (n.)) from Middle English kelsyng (late 13c.), which probably is of Scandinavian origin (cf. Swedish kölsvin, Danish and Norwegian kjølsvin, from root of Old Norse kjölr (see keel (n.)) + swin "swine," used of timber (see swine). Or else from a similar Low German source.