[ kel-suh n, keel- ]
/ ˈkɛl sən, ˈkil- /

noun Nautical.

any of various fore-and-aft structural members lying above or parallel to the keel in the bottom of a hull.
Also kelson.

Origin of keelson

1605–15; < Low German kielswin literally, keel swine (sense relation obscure) < Scandinavian; compare Dutch kolsvijn, Danish kølsvin, Swedish kölsvin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˈkɛlsən, ˈkiːl-) /


a longitudinal beam fastened to the keel of a vessel for strength and stiffness

Word Origin for keelson

C17: probably from Low German kielswin, keel swine, ultimately of Scandinavian origin
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