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careen

[ kuh-reen ]

verb (used without object)

  1. (of a vehicle) to lean, sway, or tip to one side while in motion:

    The car careened around the corner.

  2. (of a ship) to heel over or list.
  3. South Midland U.S. to lean or bend away from the vertical position:

    The barn was careening a little.



verb (used with object)

, Nautical.
  1. to cause (a ship) to lie over on a side, as for repairs or cleaning; heave down.
  2. to clean or repair (a ship lying on its side for the purpose).
  3. to cause (a ship) to heel over or list, as by the force of a beam wind.

noun

  1. a careening.
  2. Nautical. the position of a careened ship.

careen

/ kəˈriːn /

verb

  1. to sway or cause to sway dangerously over to one side
  2. tr nautical to cause (a vessel) to keel over to one side, esp in order to clean or repair its bottom
  3. intr nautical (of a vessel) to keel over to one side


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Derived Forms

  • caˈreener, noun
  • caˈreenage, noun

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Other Words From

  • ca·reener noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of careen1

1585–95 careen fordef 9; < Middle French carine < Latin carīna keel, nutshell; akin to Greek káryon nut

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Word History and Origins

Origin of careen1

C17: from French carène keel, from Italian carena, from Latin carīna keel

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Example Sentences

Rollerbladers careen down its immaculate sidewalks while couples stroll leisurely past.

We have a movement full of people who love their country and who are terrified of the course that it continues to careen along.

Here and there he lay in such rubbish as motionless as the effigies careen on marble biers.

At early dawn a fierce gust of wind caused the schooners "Hamilton" and "Scourge" to careen far to leeward.

On the 28th the weather was fine enough to "Careen clean and tallow the ships five streaks below the water line."

He by no means suffering them to "careen at Umrest where all the Dutch ships are cleaned."

Al, who was in the main cabin, ran forward as he felt the boat shiver and careen and looked down over the bow.

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