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keelson

[kel-suh n, keel-] /ˈkɛl sən, ˈkil-/
noun, Nautical
1.
any of various fore-and-aft structural members lying above or parallel to the keel in the bottom of a hull.
Also, kelson.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Low German kielswin literally, keel swine (sense relation obscure) < Scandinavian; compare Dutch kolsvijn, Danish kølsvin, Swedish kölsvin
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  • Two side keelsons, parallel to the center keelson, support the deck.
  • All our material from truck to keelson was on shore, and was yet to be boated off through a dangerous surf.
British Dictionary definitions for keelson

keelson

/ˈkɛlsən; ˈkiːl-/
noun
1.
a longitudinal beam fastened to the keel of a vessel for strength and stiffness
Word Origin
C17: probably from Low German kielswin, keel swine, ultimately of Scandinavian origin
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Word Origin and History for keelson
n.

also kelson, 1620s, altered (by influence of keel (n.)) from Middle English kelsyng (late 13c.), which probably is of Scandinavian origin (cf. Swedish kölsvin, Danish and Norwegian kjølsvin, from root of Old Norse kjölr (see keel (n.)) + swin "swine," used of timber (see swine). Or else from a similar Low German source.

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