from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of keelson.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of keelson.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See keelson.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See keelson.


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  • "the whole blessed boat, from cross-trees to kelson."

    Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island (1883), ch. 28

    February 10, 2019

  • "Is not the main-truck higher than the kelson is low?"

    - Melville, Moby-Dick, ch. 9

    July 23, 2008