A Dictionary of the English Language
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Keel (noun)

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Keel n.s. [cœl, Saxon; kiel, Dutch; quille, Fr.] The bottom of the ship.

                              Portunus
Heav'd up his lighten'd keel, and sunk the sand,
And steer'd the sacred vessel.
Dryden.

Her sharp bill serves for a keel to cut the air before her; her tail she useth as her rudder. Grew's Cosmol. b. i.

Your cables burst, and you must quickly feel
The waves impetuous ent'ring at your keel.
Swift.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Grew, Nehemiah (36) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

Attributes: Dutch (90) · French (385) · Noun Substantive (1269) · Saxon (215)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Keel (noun)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: February 17, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=2208.


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