a. A small cask or barrel with a capacity of about 30 gallons (114 liters).
b. Such a container and its contents.
2. A unit of weight used for nails, equal to 100 pounds (45.5 kilograms).
tr.v. kegged, keg·ging, kegs
To put or store in a small cask or barrel.
[Middle English kag, from Old Norse kaggi.]
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