Meaning of keel
- 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.
- a ship or boat.
- a part corresponding to a ship's keel in some other structure, as in a dirigible balloon.
- (cap.)the constellation Carina.
- a longitudinal ridge, as on a leaf or bone; a carina.
- Also calleda projecting molding the profile of which consists of two ogees symmetrically disposed about an arris or fillet.
- in a state of balance; steady; steadily: The affairs of state are seldom on an even keel for long.
- to turn or upset so as to bring the wrong side or part uppermost.
- Several cadets keeled over from the heat during the parade.
- to capsize or overturn.
- to fall as in a faint:Several cadets keeled over from the heat during the parade.
— n. Brit. Dial.
- a keelboat load of coal; the amount of coal carried by one keelboat.
- a measure of coal equivalent to 21 long tons and 4 hundredweight (21.5 metric tons).
— v.t. Brit. Dial.
- to cool, esp. by stirring.
- a red ocher stain used for marking sheep, lumber, etc.; ruddle.
- keel (Thesaurus)