Asked by Andy Blackwell in Uncategorized
What does it mean to keel over?
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Asked in Poetry, Famous Quotations, William Shakespeare
What is the meaning of 'keel' in 'keel the pot' by William Shakespeare?
"Keel" here is closely related to the word "cool" and means the same thing. What greasy Joan is doing is cooling down the soup by adding cold water to it, which will prevent it from boiling over. The expression to "keel the pot" was not original to Shakespeare and continued as a folk usage well into the nineteenth century.
Asked in Sailing, Large Ships
What does it mean when a ship keels?
I believe the complete term is "keel over". This sometimes referred to as a knockdown. If the keel turns straight up out of the water, your boat has "turned turtle". If a large wave turns your boat over end-to-end, you have been "pitch-poled". These conditions are usually cause by rogue winds, rogue waves, or lack of attention to the sails and weather conditions. They do not necessarily mean that the boat will sink. Another take: "Keeling" is a malaprop -- it's not really a word. People often say "keeling" when they mean heeling. When a boat heels, it tilts laterally, with the wind. The term "keeling over" is something else: it refers to a position when the boat shows its keel; the bottom-most part of the boat, which means it's turned turtle or gone upside down. So "keel over" is a legitimate term; keeling is not.
Asked in Example Sentences
What are some sentences that have the word keel in them?
The keel of the boat is made of lead and weighs 600 lbs. Even though customers can make me feel upset sometimes, I try to keep an even keel when dealing with them. That boat will not be able to sail in such shallow water because of its large keel. Sailboats with a mast of any appreciable size need a keel to remain stable. I am so tired, I feel like I could keel over at any moment.