Cross keelson, a similar structure lying athwart the main keelson, to support the engines and boilers.

(Keel"vat`) n. See Keelfat.

(Keen) a. [Compar. Keener (-er); superl. Keenest.] [OE. kene sharp, bold, AS. cene bold; akin to D. koen, OHG. kuoni, G. kühn, OSw. kyn, kön, Icel. kænn, for kœnn wise; perh. akin to E. ken, can to be able. &radic45. ]

1. Sharp; having a fine edge or point; as, a keen razor, or a razor with a keen edge.

A bow he bare and arwes [arrows] bright and kene.

That my keen knife see not the wound it makes.

(Keel"age) n. [Cf. F. guillage, fr. guille keel; of German or Scand origin. See 3d Keel.] The right of demanding a duty or toll for a ship entering a port; also, the duty or toll. Bouvier. Wharton.

(Keeled) a.

1. (Bot.) Keel-shaped; having a longitudinal prominence on the back; as, a keeled leaf.

2. (Zoöl.) Having a median ridge; carinate; as, a keeled scale.

(Keel"er) n. [See 3d Keel.]

1. One employed in managing a Newcastle keel; — called also keelman.

2. A small or shallow tub; esp., one used for holding materials for calking ships, or one used for washing dishes, etc.

(Keel"fat`) n. [Keel to cool + fat a large tub, a vat.] (Brewing) A cooler; a vat for cooling wort, etc. [Written also keelvat.] Johnson.

(Keel"haul`) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Keelhauled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Keelhauling.] [3d keel + haul: cf. LG. & D. kielhalen, G. kielholen. ] [Written also keelhale.] (Naut.) To haul under the keel of a ship, by ropes attached to the yardarms on each side. It was formerly practiced as a punishment in the Dutch and English navies. Totten.

(Kee"ling) n. [Cf. Icel. keila, Sw. kolja, Dan. kulle.] (Zoöl.) A cod.

(Kee"li*vine) n. [Cf. Gael. cil ruddle.] A pencil of black or red lead; — called also keelyvine pen. [Scot.] Sir W. Scott.

(Keel"man) n.; pl. - men See Keeler, 1.

(Keel"rake`) v. t. (Naut.) Same as Keelhaul.

(Keels) n. pl. Ninepins. See Kayles.

(Keel"son) n. [Akin to Sw. kölsvin, Dan. kjölsviin, G. kielschwein; apparently compounded of the words keel and swine; but cf. Norweg. kjölsvill, where svill is akin to E. sill, n. ] (Shipbuilding) A piece of timber in a ship laid on the middle of the floor timbers over the keel, and binding the floor timbers to the keel; in iron vessels, a structure of plates, situated like the keelson of a timber ship.

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