keel


keel
   a traditional British unit of weight for coal. After considerable variation, the keel of coal was standardized in 1695 as 21.2 long tons, or 47 488 pounds (21.5402 metric tons). This is the approximate weight of coal carried at that time by barges on the river Tyne in northern England; the barges were also called keels, from the Dutch word kiel for such a ship.

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  • Keel — Keel, n. [Cf. AS. ce[ o]l ship; akin to D. & G. kiel keel, OHG. chiol ship, Icel. kj[=o]ll, and perh. to Gr. gay^los a round built Ph[oe]nician merchant vessel, gaylo s bucket; cf. Skr. g[=o]la ball, round water vessel. But the meaning of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • keel — keel·age; keel·boat·man; keel·haul; keel·less; keel; keel·man; keel·son; va·keel; keel·er; keel·hale; …   English syllables

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  • keel — [kiːl] noun on an even keel working smoothly without any sudden changes: • a strategy to put the economyon an even keel * * * keel UK US /kiːl/ noun [C] ● on an even keel Cf. on an even keel …   Financial and business terms

  • Keel — Keel, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Keeled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Keeling}.] 1. To traverse with a keel; to navigate. [1913 Webster] 2. To turn up the keel; to show the bottom. [1913 Webster] {To keel over}, to upset; to capsize. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • keel — keel1 [kēl] n. [ME kele < ON kjǫlr < Gmc * kelu < IE base * gel , to swallow > L gula, throat] 1. the chief timber or steel piece extending along the entire length of the bottom of a boat or ship and supporting the frame: it sometimes …   English World dictionary

  • Keel — (k[=e]l), v. t. & i. [AS. c[=e]lan to cool, fr. c[=o]l cool. See {Cool}.] To cool; to skim or stir. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] While greasy Joan doth keel the pot. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • keel|er — keel|er1 «KEE luhr», noun. Dialect. 1. a vessel for cooling liquids. 2. a shallow tub for various purposes. 3. a shallow box used in dressing mackerel. ╂[< keel5 + er1] keel|er2 «KEE luhr», noun. British. a sailboat having a keel rather than a …   Useful english dictionary

  • Keel — Keel, n. A brewer s cooling vat; a keelfat. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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