verb (used without object)
verb (used with object) Nautical.
Origin of careen
Examples from the Web for 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.
But my ships are foul with the long passage, and are in need of a careen.The Lost Continent|C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne
"We must run for shelter there, and careen her," said Levasseur.Captain Blood|Rafael Sabatini
Of a sudden the wind lulled, and the Circassian righted from her careen.The Pirate and The Three Cutters|Frederick Marryat
To heel over is the same as to careen, and must be distinguished from "keel over," which is to capsize.English Synonyms and Antonyms|James Champlin Fernald
Two agents were at length sent into the interior to make discoveries, and Columbus profited by the occasion to careen his vessels.Mercedes of Castile|J. Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for careen
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.