[ UK /kˈiːl/ ]
[ US /ˈkiɫ/ ]
  1. the median ridge on the breastbone of birds that fly
  2. one of the main longitudinal beams (or plates) of the hull of a vessel; can extend vertically into the water to provide lateral stability
  3. a projection or ridge that suggests a keel
  1. walk as if unable to control one's movements
    The drunken man staggered into the room
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How To Use keel In A Sentence

  • Ribs are straight or slightly biconcave and fade on the ventral surface where they merge into the lateral keel.
  • The single engine, semi-displacement hull form with deep forefoot and a long deep keel actually more closely resembles Down East-style workboats and cruisers.
  • The keel is a centreboard but not weighted; the ballast is in the hull itself (which sounds inefficient but actually works surprisingly well).
  • Keeley is about to start filming the new Michael Winterbottom movie, Tristram Shandy, co-starring Steve Coogan.
  • I'm scared he'll run into health problems and will just keel over one day. The Sun
  • Anderson dragged her into his office for a keelhauling and everyone went back to regular blowing.
  • Only the transom and a small section of the keel of the vessel - owned by the Coastal Forces Heritage Trust - were left.
  • When something like a black cloud passed among them, she knew that it was either a whale swimming over her head, or a ship with many people: they certainly did not think that a pretty little sea-maid was standing down below stretching up her white hands towards the keel of their ship. The Little Sea-Maid
  • The Bertram 31 and its prototype were designed with a remarkable 23-degree angle of deadrise at the transom with three lifting strakes on each side from the keel to the chine.
  • The intense heat keeled him over.
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