- To careen is defined as to move quickly and wildly from side to side in a specific direction in an out of control manner.
When you lose control of a sled and start going rapidly downhill in an uncontrolled way, this is an example of a time when you careen down the hill.
Two people careen down a snowy hill.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- to cause (a ship) to lean or lie on one side, as on a beach, for cleaning, repairs, etc.
- to caulk, clean, or repair (a ship in this position)
- to cause to lean sideways; tip; tilt
Origin: French carener, careen ; from Old French carène, carine ; from OIt carena ; from Classical Latin carina, keel of a ship, origin, originally , nutshell: see hard
- to lean sideways, as a sailing ship before a high wind
- to lurch from side to side, esp. while moving rapidly
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verb ca·reened, ca·reen·ing, ca·reens verb, intransitive
- To lurch or swerve while in motion.
- To rush headlong or carelessly; career: “He careened through foreign territories on a desperate kind of blitz” (Anne Tyler).
- Nautical a. To lean to one side, as a ship sailing in the wind.b. To turn a ship on its side for cleaning, caulking, or repairing.
- To cause (a ship) to lean to one side; tilt.
- a. To lean (a ship) on one side for cleaning, caulking, or repairing.b. To clean, caulk, or repair (a ship in this position).
- The act or process of careening a ship.
- The position of a careened ship.
Origin: From French (en) carène, (on) the keel, from Old French carene, from Old Italian carena, from Latin carīna; see kar- in Indo-European roots.
- ca·reenˈer noun