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lean or tip to one side while in motion, as car rounding a curve or a ship listing in a storm: The motorcycle careened around the bend in the road.
Not to be confused with:
career – move rapidly, go at full speed: The sports car careered down the highway.; vocation, lifework, livelihood: She has made a career of interior decoration.
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v. ca·reened, ca·reen·ing, ca·reens
a. To lurch or swerve while in motion: "The Tasmanian boat was a wreck ... 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).
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.
1. 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).
1. The act or process of careening a ship.
2. The position of a careened ship.
[From French (en) carène, (on) the keel, from Old French carene, from Old Italian carena, from Latin carīna; see kar- in Indo-European roots.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. to sway or cause to sway dangerously over to one side
2. (Nautical Terms) (tr) nautical to cause (a vessel) to keel over to one side, esp in order to clean or repair its bottom
3. (Nautical Terms) (intr) nautical (of a vessel) to keel over to one side
[C17: from French carène keel, from Italian carena, from Latin carīna keel]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. to lean or tip to one side while in motion; sway: The car careened around the corner.
2. (of a ship) to heel over or list.
4. to cause (a ship) to lie over on a side, as for repairs or cleaning.
5. to clean or repair (a careened ship).
6. to cause (a ship) to heel over or list.n.
7. the act or position of careening.
[1585–95; < Middle French carine < Latin carīna keel, nutshell; akin to Greek káryon nut]
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Past participle: careened
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|Noun||1.||careen - pitching dangerously to one side|
|Verb||1.||careen - walk as if unable to control one's movements; "The drunken man staggered into the room"|
walk - use one's feet to advance; advance by steps; "Walk, don't run!"; "We walked instead of driving"; "She walks with a slight limp"; "The patient cannot walk yet"; "Walk over to the cabinet"
|2.||careen - move sideways or in an unsteady way; "The ship careened out of control"|
move - move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right"
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