Keelson Keel"son, n. [Akin to Sw. k["o]lsvin, Dan. kj["o]lsviin, G. kielschwein; apparently compounded of the words keel and swine; but cf. Norweg. kj["o]lsvill, 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. [1913 Webster]

{Cross keelson}, a similar structure lying athwart the main keelson, to support the engines and boilers. [1913 Webster]

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  • keelson — also kelson, 1620s, altered (by influence of keel (n.)) from M.E. kelsyng (late 13c.), which probably is of Scandinavian origin (Cf. Swed. kölsvin, Dan., Norw. kjèlsvin, from root of O.N. kjölr (see KEEL (Cf. keel) (n.)) + swin swine, used of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • keelson — (also kelson) ► NOUN ▪ a structure running the length of a ship, that fastens the timbers or plates of the floor to the keel. ORIGIN from Low German kiel keel of a ship + sw n swine (used as the name of a timber) …   English terms dictionary

  • keelson — [kel′sən, kēl′sən] n. [prob. via Du kolsem < Dan kjølsvin, altered (infl. by svin, swine) < kjølsvill < kjøl,KEEL1 + sville,SILL] a longitudinal beam or set of timbers or metal plates fastened inside the hull of a ship along the keel to… …   English World dictionary

  • keelson — noun Etymology: Middle English kelswayn, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish kölsvin keelson Date: 13th century a longitudinal structure running above and fastened to the keel of a ship in order to stiffen and strengthen its… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • keelson — See center keelson …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • keelson — n. (also kelson) a line of timber fastening a ship s floor timbers to its keel. Etymology: ME kelswayn, perh. f. LG kielswin f. kiel KEEL(1) + (prob.) swin SWINE used as the name of a timber * * * keelson (also keelsale), var. kelson …   Useful english dictionary

  • keelson — /kel seuhn, keel /, n. Naut. any of various fore and aft structural members lying above or parallel to the keel in the bottom of a hull. Also, kelson. [1605 15; < LG kielswin lit., keel swine (sense relation obscure) < Scand; cf. D kolsvijn, Dan… …   Universalium

  • keelson — noun A longitudinal beam fastened on top of the keel of a vessel for strength and stiffness …   Wiktionary

  • keelson — lengthwise wooden or steel beam in ship for bearing stress Nautical Terms …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • keelson — keel·son || kelsn n. beam that runs lengthwise and is attached to the keel of ship to reinforce it (Nautical) …   English contemporary dictionary

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