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noun (n)

  • a projection or ridge that suggests a keel (noun.shape)
    source: wordnet30
  • the median ridge on the breastbone of birds that fly (noun.body)
    source: wordnet30
  • one of the main longitudinal beams (or plates) of the hull of a vessel; can extend vertically into the water to provide lateral stability (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • A brewer's cooling vat; a keelfat. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • 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. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • In a dirigible, a construction similar in form and use to a ship's keel; in an aëroplane, a fin or fixed surface employed to increase stability and to hold the machine to its course. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • walk as if unable to control one's movements (verb.motion)
    Synonym: careen, lurch, reel, stagger, swag
    source: wordnet30
  • To cool; to skim or stir. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To traverse with a keel; to navigate. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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