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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR KEEL

It had been blockaded for months with its keel out of water.

The keel was laid for a ship of thirty-five tons, to be named the Pilot.

There are three things we've forgotten, the stem, stern-post, and keel.

About halfway down the keel of the ship you'll find a chain hanging.

Sometimes there was twelve foot under her keel and sometimes eight or nine.

You will when the wind steadies; it's squally just now, and she feels it, for she has no keel.

Then one could go out into the midst of the people and keel over a world.

They are narrow, round below, have no keel and may be easily overset.

Does it matter that one keel should slip through the grip of the Polar ice?

Our keel had rubbed bottom and Hamilton was springing out of the other canoe.

WORD ORIGIN

"lowest timber of a ship or boat," mid-14c., probably from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse kjölr "keel," Danish kjøl, Swedish köl, from Proto-Germanic *keluz, of uncertain origin. Some etymologists say this is unconnected with the keel that means "a ship, barge," which also is the root of Middle Dutch kiel "ship," Old English ceol "ship's prow," Old High German kiel, German Kiel "ship," but the two words have influenced each other. Barnhart, however, calls them cognates. This other word is said to be from Proto-Germanic *keula, from PIE *geul- "rounded vessel." Keel still is used locally in England and U.S. for "flat-bottomed boat," especially on the Tyne.

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