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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

The principal structural member of a ship, running lengthwise along the center line from bow to stern, to which the frames are attached.

Usage examples (37)
  • ...till his sail-yards tremble, his masts crack, And his ship run on her side so low That she drinks water, and her keel plows air.
  • Her fin keel struck bottom, and her main topmast lurched and shivered as if about to come down upon our heads.
  • Close round our keel are the stiffened waves dozing;
  • The keel is a single piece of steel running the height of the Can. for more
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