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Definition of keel:

  1. A barge or lighter, used on the Type for carrying coal from Newcastle; also, a barge load of coal, twenty- one tons, four cwt.
  2. A brewer's cooling vat; a keelfat.
  3. 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.
  4. A projecting ridge along the middle of a flat or curved surface.
  5. Fig.: The whole ship.
  6. In a dirigible, a construction similar in form and use to a ship's keel; in an aeroplane, a fin or fixed surface employed to increase stability and to hold the machine to its course.
  7. The two lowest petals of the corolla of a papilionaceous flower, united and inclosing the stamens and pistil; a carina. See Carina.
  8. To cool; to skim or stir.
  9. To traverse with a keel; to navigate.
  10. To turn up the keel; to show the bottom.


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