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