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NOUN (3)

1. a projection or ridge that suggests a keel;

2. the median ridge on the breastbone of birds that fly;

3. one of the main longitudinal beams (or plates) of the hull of a vessel; can extend vertically into the water to provide lateral stability;


VERB (1)

1. walk as if unable to control one's movements;
- Example: "The drunken man staggered into the room"
[syn: stagger, reel, keel, lurch, swag, careen]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Keel \Keel\ (k[=e]l), v. t. & i. [AS. c[=e]lan to cool, fr. c[=o]l cool. See Cool.] To cool; to skim or stir. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] While greasy Joan doth keel the pot. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Keel \Keel\, n. A brewer's cooling vat; a keelfat. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Keel \Keel\, n. [Cf. AS. ce['o]l ship; akin to D. & G. kiel keel, OHG. chiol ship, Icel. kj[=o]ll, and perh. to Gr. gay^los a round-built Ph[oe]nician merchant vessel, gaylo`s bucket; cf. Skr. g[=o]la ball, round water vessel. But the meaning of the English word seems to come from Icel. kj["o]lr keel, akin to Sw. k["o]l, Dan. kj["o]l.] 1. (Shipbuilding) 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. [1913 Webster] 2. Fig.: The whole ship. [1913 Webster] 3. A barge or lighter, used on the Tyne for carrying coal from Newcastle; also, a barge load of coal, twenty-one tons, four cwt. [Eng.] [1913 Webster] 4. (Bot.) The two lowest petals of the corolla of a papilionaceous flower, united and inclosing the stamens and pistil; a carina. See Carina. [1913 Webster] 5. (Nat. Hist.) A projecting ridge along the middle of a flat or curved surface. [1913 Webster] 6. (Aeronautics) In a dirigible, a construction similar in form and use to a ship's keel; in an a["e]roplane, a fin or fixed surface employed to increase stability and to hold the machine to its course. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] Bilge keel (Naut.), a keel peculiar to ironclad vessels, extending only a portion of the length of the vessel under the bilges. --Ham. Nav. Encyc. False keel. See under False. Keel boat. (a) A covered freight boat, with a keel, but no sails, used on Western rivers. [U. S.] (b) A low, flat-bottomed freight boat. See Keel, n., 3. Keel piece, one of the timbers or sections of which a keel is composed. On even keel, in a level or horizontal position, so that the draught of water at the stern and the bow is the same. --Ham. Nav. Encyc. On an even keel a. & adv., steady; balanced; steadily. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Keel \Keel\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Keeled; p. pr. & vb. n. Keeling.] 1. To traverse with a keel; to navigate. [1913 Webster] 2. To turn up the keel; to show the bottom. [1913 Webster] To keel over, to upset; to capsize. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

keel n 1: a projection or ridge that suggests a keel 2: the median ridge on the breastbone of birds that fly 3: one of the main longitudinal beams (or plates) of the hull of a vessel; can extend vertically into the water to provide lateral stability v 1: walk as if unable to control one's movements; "The drunken man staggered into the room" [syn: stagger, reel, keel, lurch, swag, careen]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

76 Moby Thesaurus words for "keel": argosy, ascend, bank, bark, base, baseboard, basement, be lost, boat, bottom, bucket, cant, capsize, careen, chassis, climb, craft, dado, decline, descend, dip, drop, fall, fall away, fall off, foot, footing, foundation, founder, frame, go down, go downhill, go uphill, grade, hooker, hulk, hull, incline, keel over, lean, leviathan, list, mopboard, nadir, overset, overturn, packet, pitch, pitchpole, rake, retreat, rise, scuttle, shelve, ship, shoemold, sidle, sink, slant, slope, sole, somersault, swag, sway, tilt, tip, toe, tub, turn over, turn turtle, uprise, upset, upset the boat, vessel, wainscot, watercraft