- 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.
- 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 of careenFrench 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
verbca·reened, ca·reen·ing, ca·reens
- a. To lurch or swerve while in motion: “The Tasmanian boat was a wreck &ellipsis; the stove had broken free of its mounting and was careening about with every wave” (Bryan Burrough).b. To move forward rapidly, especially with a swaying motion or with minimal control; career: “I saw my life as a car with no brakes careening down a dangerous mountain road” (Tom Perotta).
- 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.
verb, transitive Nautical
- 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 of careenFrom French (en) carène, (on) the keel, from Old French carene, from Old Italian carena, from Latin carīna; see kar- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present careens, present participle careening, simple past and past participle careened)
- (nautical) To heave a ship down on one side so as to expose the other, in order to clean it of barnacles and weed, or to repair it below the water line.
- (nautical) To tilt on one side.
- To lurch or sway violently from side to side.
- To tilt or lean while in motion. [from late 19th c.]
- To career. [from at least early 20th c.]