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 (kēl′sən, kĕl′-) also kel·son (kĕl′-)
n. Nautical
A timber or girder fastened above and parallel to the keel of a ship or boat for additional strength.

[Alteration (influenced by keel) of Middle English kelswin, probably from Old Norse *kjölsvīn : kjölr, keel + svīn, swine, timber; see sū- in Indo-European roots.]
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(ˈkɛlsən; ˈkiːl-) or


(Nautical Terms) a longitudinal beam fastened to the keel of a vessel for strength and stiffness
[C17: probably from Low German kielswin, keel swine, ultimately of Scandinavian origin]
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(ˈkɛl sən, ˈkil-)

also kelson

any of various fore-and-aft structural members lying above or parallel to the keel in the bottom of a hull.
[1605–15; < Low German kielswin literally, keel swine]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.keelson - a longitudinal beam connected to the keel of ship to strengthen itkeelson - a longitudinal beam connected to the keel of ship to strengthen it
beam - long thick piece of wood or metal or concrete, etc., used in construction
hull - the frame or body of ship
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