Keel

Noun

  • (zoology) The periphery of a whorl extended to form a more or less flattened plate; a prominent spiral ridge.
  • (nautical) Sometimes, a rigid, flat piece of material anchored to the lowest part of the hull of a ship to give it greater control and stability.
  • A material similar to chalk or crayon used to mark pavement.
  • A brewer's cooling vat.
  • (nautical) A large beam along the underside of a ship’s hull from bow to stern.
  • (nautical) A type of flat-bottomed boat.
  • (botany) The two lowest petals of the corolla of a papilionaceous flower, united and enclosing the stamens and pistil; a carina.
  • (aeronautics) 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.

Verb

  • (intransitive, followed by "over") to collapse, to fall

    "He keeled over after having a stroke."

  • To turn up the keel; to show the bottom.
  • To traverse with a keel; to navigate.

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