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 for Keel piece
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Keel \Keel\, n. [Cf. AS. ce['o]l ship; akin to D. & G. kiel
     keel, OHG. chiol ship, Icel. kj[=o]ll, and perh. to Gr.
     gay^los a round-built Ph[oe]nician merchant vessel, gaylo`s
     bucket; cf. Skr. g[=o]la ball, round water vessel. But the
     meaning of the English word seems to come from Icel. kj["o]lr
     keel, akin to Sw. k["o]l, Dan. kj["o]l.]
     1. (Shipbuilding) A longitudinal timber, or series of timbers
        scarfed together, extending from stem to stern along the
        bottom of a vessel. It is the principal timber of the
        vessel, and, by means of the ribs attached on each side,
        supports the vessel's frame. In an iron vessel, a
        combination of plates supplies the place of the keel of a
        wooden ship. See Illust. of Keelson.
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     2. Fig.: The whole ship.
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     3. A barge or lighter, used on the Tyne for carrying coal
        from Newcastle; also, a barge load of coal, twenty-one
        tons, four cwt. [Eng.]
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     4. (Bot.) The two lowest petals of the corolla of a
        papilionaceous flower, united and inclosing the stamens
        and pistil; a carina. See Carina.
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     5. (Nat. Hist.) A projecting ridge along the middle of a flat
        or curved surface.
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     6. (Aeronautics) In a dirigible, a construction similar in
        form and use to a ship's keel; in an a["e]roplane, a fin
        or fixed surface employed to increase stability and to
        hold the machine to its course.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
  
     Bilge keel (Naut.), a keel peculiar to ironclad vessels,
        extending only a portion of the length of the vessel under
        the bilges. --Ham. Nav. Encyc.
  
     False keel. See under False.
  
     Keel boat.
        (a) A covered freight boat, with a keel, but no sails,
            used on Western rivers. [U. S.]
        (b) A low, flat-bottomed freight boat. See Keel, n., 3.
            
  
     Keel piece, one of the timbers or sections of which a keel
        is composed.
  
     On even keel, in a level or horizontal position, so that
        the draught of water at the stern and the bow is the same.
        --Ham. Nav. Encyc.
  
     On an even keel a. & adv., steady; balanced; steadily.
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