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Keel vs. Rib

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Main Difference

The main difference between Keel and Rib is that the Keel is a structural element of a ship hull, or boat hull and Rib is a long curved bone surrounding the chest

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Oxford Dictionary
  • Keel

    To cool; to skim or stir.

  • Keel (noun)

    A brewer's cooling vat; a keelfat.

  • Keel (noun)

    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.

  • Keel (noun)

    Fig.: The whole ship.

  • Keel (noun)

    A barge or lighter, used on the Tyne for carrying coal from Newcastle; also, a barge load of coal, twenty-one tons, four cwt.

  • Keel (noun)

    The two lowest petals of the corolla of a papilionaceous flower, united and inclosing the stamens and pistil; a carina. See Carina.

  • Keel (noun)

    A projecting ridge along the middle of a flat or curved surface.

  • Keel (noun)

    In a dirigible, a construction similar in form and use to a ship's keel; in an aëroplane, a fin or fixed surface employed to increase stability and to hold the machine to its course.

  • Keel (verb)

    To traverse with a keel; to navigate.

  • Keel (verb)

    To turn up the keel; to show the bottom.

  • Rib (noun)

    One of the curved bones attached to the vertebral column and supporting the lateral walls of the thorax.

  • Rib (noun)

    That which resembles a rib in form or use.

  • Rib (noun)

    The chief nerve, or one of the chief nerves, of a leaf.

  • Rib (noun)

    In Gothic vaulting, one of the primary members of the vault. These are strong arches, meeting and crossing one another, dividing the whole space into triangles, which are then filled by vaulted construction of lighter material. Hence, an imitation of one of these in wood, plaster, or the like.

  • Rib (noun)

    Solid coal on the side of a gallery; solid ore in a vein.

  • Rib (noun)

    A wife; - in allusion to Eve, as made out of Adam's rib.

  • Rib

    To furnish with ribs; to form with rising lines and channels; as, to rib cloth.

  • Rib

    To inclose, as with ribs, and protect; to shut in.

Webster Dictionary
  • Keel (noun)

    the median ridge on the breastbone of birds that fly

  • Keel (noun)

    one of the main longitudinal beams (or plates) of the hull of a vessel; can extend vertically into the water to provide lateral stability

  • Keel (verb)

    walk as if unable to control one's movements;

    "The drunken man staggered into the room"

  • Rib (noun)

    support resembling the rib of an animal

  • Rib (noun)

    any of the 12 pairs of curved arches of bone extending from the spine to or toward the sternum in humans (and similar bones in most vertebrates)

  • Rib (noun)

    cut of meat including one or more ribs

  • Rib (noun)

    a teasing remark

  • Rib (noun)

    a riblike supporting or strengthening part of an animal or plant

  • Rib (noun)

    a projecting molding on the underside of a vault or ceiling; may be ornamental or structural

  • Rib (verb)

    form vertical ribs by knitting;

    "A ribbed sweater"

  • Rib (verb)

    subject to laughter or ridicule;

    "The satirists ridiculed the plans for a new opera house"

    "The students poked fun at the inexperienced teacher"

    "His former students roasted the professor at his 60th birthday"

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