Careen meaning

kə-rēn
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.

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To cause (a ship) to lean to one side; tilt.
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The act or process of careening a ship.
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The position of a careened ship.
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To cause (a ship) to lean or lie on one side, as on a beach, for cleaning, repairs, etc.
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To caulk, clean, or repair (a ship in this position)
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To cause to lean sideways; tip; tilt.
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To lean sideways, as a sailing ship before a high wind.
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To lurch from side to side, esp. while moving rapidly.
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The act or position of careening.
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(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.
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(nautical) To tilt on one side.
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To lurch or sway violently from side to side.
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To tilt or lean while in motion. [from late 19th c.]
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To career. [from at least early 20th c.]
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Origin of careen

  • 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

  • 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