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keel1 (kiːl)
1.  one of the main longitudinal structural members of a vessel to which the frames are fastened and that may extend into the water to provide lateral stability
2.  on an even keel well-balanced; steady
3.  any structure corresponding to or resembling the keel of a ship, such as the central member along the bottom of an aircraft fuselage
4.  biology a ridgelike part; carina
5.  a poetic word for ship
6.  to capsize
[C14: from Old Norse kjölr; related to Middle Dutch kiel,keel²]

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