- (of a vehicle) to lean, sway, or tip to one side while in motion: The car careened around the corner.
- (of a ship) to heel over or list.
- career(def 7).
- South Midland U.S. to lean or bend away from the vertical position: The barn was careening a little.
- to cause (a ship) to lie over on a side, as for repairs or cleaning; heave down.
- to clean or repair (a ship lying on its side for the purpose).
- to cause (a ship) to heel over or list, as by the force of a beam wind.
- a careening.
- Nautical. the position of a careened ship.
Origin of careen
Examples from the Web for careen
Contemporary Examples of careen
We have a movement full of people who love their country and who are terrified of the course that it continues to careen along.What are the Implications of DeMint's Exit?
December 7, 2012
Historical Examples of careen
Of a sudden the wind lulled, and the Circassian righted from her careen.The Pirate and The Three Cutters
"We must run for shelter there, and careen her," said Levasseur.Captain Blood
But my ships are foul with the long passage, and are in need of a careen.The Lost Continent
C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne
We will careen the ship for a day or so, so as to let the carpenter and his mates get at the leak.Jones of the 64th
F. S. (Frederick Sadleir) Brereton
When we have your report, we can arrange to careen the ship, but not before.Roger the Bold
F. S. Brereton
- to sway or cause to sway dangerously over to one side
- (tr) nautical to cause (a vessel) to keel over to one side, esp in order to clean or repair its bottom
- (intr) nautical (of a vessel) to keel over to one side
Word Origin for careen
Word Origin and History for careen
1590s, "to turn a ship on its side" (with the keel exposed), from French cariner, literally "to expose a ship's keel," from Middle French carene "keel" (16c.), from Italian (Genoese dialect) carena, from Latin carina "keel of a ship," originally "nutshell," possibly from PIE root *kar- "hard" (see hard (adj.)).
Intransitive sense of "to lean, to tilt" is from 1763, specifically of ships; in general use by 1883. In sense "to rush headlong," confused with career (v.) since at least 1923. [To career is to move rapidly; to careen is to lurch from side to side (often while moving rapidly).] Earlier figurative uses of careen were "to be laid up; to rest." Related: Careened; careening.