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Definition of "keelson" []

  • Nautical A timber or girder fastened above and parallel to the keel of a ship or boat for additional strength. (noun)
  • A longitudinal beam fastened to the keel of a vessel for strength and stiffness (noun)

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Use "keelson" in a sentence
  • "Before we recovered it we had nearly killed ourselves with exhaustion, and we certainly had strained the sloop in every part from keelson to truck."
  • "We are going to place the keelson, and a dozen pair of hands would not be too many."
  • "Pencroft, descended to the dockyard, and proceeded to place the keelson, a thick mass of wood which forms the lower portion of a ship and unites firmly the timbers of the hull."