Careen Definition

careened, careening, careens
careened, careening, careens
To lurch or swerve while in motion.
American Heritage
To lean sideways, as a sailing ship before a high wind.
Webster's New World
To move forward rapidly, especially with a swaying motion or with minimal control; career.
American Heritage
To lurch from side to side, esp. while moving rapidly.
Webster's New World
To cause (a ship) to lean or lie on one side, as on a beach, for cleaning, repairs, etc.
Webster's New World
The act or process of careening a ship.
American Heritage
The act or position of careening.
Webster's New World

Origin of Careen

  • Late 16th century, from French carene (“keel”), from Genoese Ligurian carena, from Latin carina (“keel of a ship”), from Proto-Indo-European *kert-, *kret- (“strong, powerful”), see also Ancient Greek κράτυς (kratus, “strong”), κράτος (kratos, “strength, power, dominion”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From French (en) carène (on) the keel from Old French carene from Old Italian carena from Latin carīna kar- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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